Cellar Vault Games Scores a Hat-trick at the SEA Game Awards 2020
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Cellar Vault Games Scores a Hat-trick at the SEA Game Awards 2020

Last night was a monumental occasion for game developers in the region – the highly-anticipated SEA Game Awards 2020. The award ceremony, which has been a staple of Level Up KL since 2016, is a night that game developers in the region have been looking forward to annually. In addition to being recognized for their efforts and projects, it is a night for them to hang out, cut loose, and enjoy the works of their fellow developers. However, last night’s edition was a special one – for the first time, it was held online, no thanks to the pandemic. Though there was no food, drinks and partying to be had – the show went on.

Despite the large cast of celebrities and guests presenting the awards, we all know who the main stars of the show were! Here’s how the awards show went down (winners in bold).

Grand Jury Award

  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games) [link]

Rising Star Award

  • Fallen Knight (Fairplay Studios) [link]

Audience Choice Award

  • Don’t Stop The Party (UOW Malaysia KDU University College) [link]

Best Technology

  • Bake ‘N Switch (Streamline Games) [link]
  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)
  • Simulacra 2 (Kaigan Games Entertainment Sdn Bhd) [link]
  • Dreadout 2 (Digital Happiness) [link]

Best Visual Art

  • A Space For The Unbound (Mojiken Studio) [link]
  • Faerie Afterlight (Clay Game Studio) [link]
  • Fires At Midnight (Persona Theory Games) [link]
  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)

Best Game Design

  • Timelie (Urnique Studio) [link]
  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)
  • Love Esquire (Yangyang Mobile) [link]
  • The Last Bug (1Moby Studio) [link]

Best Audio

  • Love Esquire (Yangyang Mobile)
  • Rising Hell (Tahoe Games) [link]
  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)
  • A Space For The Unbound (Mojiken Studio)

Best Storytelling

  • Love Esquire (YangYang Mobile)
  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)
  • A Space For The Unbound (Mojiken Studio)
  • Simulacra 2 (Kaigan Games Entertainment Sdn Bhd)

Best Innovation

  • Short Creepy Tales: 7PM (Cellar Vault Games)
  • Timelie (Urnique Studio)
  • DeLight (DreamTree Studio Sdn Bhd) [link]
  • Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen (Appxplore (iCandy)) [link]

Best Student Game

  • Don’t Stop The Party (UOW Malaysia KDU University College)
  • Blood Moon: Genesis (Project: G) [link]
  • Fruit Buddy: Rolling Adventure (Article Soft.) [link]
  • P.U.D.U: Project Unifying Dead Underworld (Multimedia University (MMU)) [link]

Cellar Vault Games stole the show with a total of three awards for their entry – Short Creepy Tales: 7PM. Featuring cutout style illustrations of characters that looked like they were lifted out of our primary school textbooks, it was an innovative way to tell a horror story. If you’re thinking of checking out the game, it’s available now on Steam. Another notable game presented at the show was Don’t Stop The Party – a student project that managed to walk away with two awards!

All in all, the show was a success and went smoothly without a hitch. The VOD will be released on Monday, so stay tuned for it if you didn’t manage to catch it live (we’ll embed it in this post once it goes up). In the meantime, check out the games that were presented here. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the 2020 SGA, we can’t wait to see the entries for next year’s edition! Be sure to visit Level Up KL while it’s still going on – it ends this Sunday (29 November).

About George "goodnewsgeorge" Wong

Dota 2, In Bruges, Adventure Time, Breaking Bad, and Dance Gavin Dance are some of his favourite things. A PC gamer at heart, he’s trying real hard to get past missing his mouse and mechanical keyboard while mobile gaming. He spends his free time, writing, reading, and coming up with crappy comics and songs.

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