Benilde won six out of the eight categories in the school track, bagging the “Game of the Year” award among others.
Out of the selected games by the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) for the 2017 Game On! Challenge, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) students dominated the national tournament by winning six of the eight awards for the school track.
The Benildean winners, in alphabetical order of their respective game titles, are as follows:
In addition, University of Saint La Salle – Bacolod won the ‘Educational Game’ category with “Skip Trash” and De La Salle University bagged the ‘Mobile Game’ award with “War Tactics AR.”
In an interview with The Benildean, Norman Lee, DLS-CSB Chairperson of Game Design and Development, explained how the goal is to not simply win but more importantly to provide students an opportunity to participate in such events.
“Sobrang hirap ng dinaanan nila to make the capstones…it is but right that they should be given an opportunity in such a platform where people can play the games na pinaghirapan nila. And in turn, hopefully it will open up opportunities for them. You have game publishers there, game companies there, even venture capitalists. Ang daming pwedeng opportunities na lumabas,” Lee said.
“I’m proud of the students…I do hope it opens up doors for them,” he added.
Meanwhile, GDAP President Alvin Juban told The Benildean that 2017 has been the best year yet for the Game On! Challenge, with more participating schools than any previous years, and the highest total of game submissions (54).
With 11 nominations, this year also marks the most games the College has been nominated for, breaking last year’s record of seven games up for nomination.
The 2017 Game On! Challenge awards night took place last November 11 at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig City. It began as a category at the ICT Creative Industry Awards Night in 2011 and has since then grown to be its own award brand. The event was launched in partnership with Indie Arena and is sponsored by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
GDAP is a trade association committed towards promoting the interests of the Philippine game development industry. Established in 2007 under former President Gabby Dizon, GDAP is supported by various affiliate member organizations inclusive of a number of schools and universities, game studios, publishers, and retailers.
Photo from Game On‘s website