Get Ready for the First Annual IO Indies Awards

Learn which indie titles came out on top during The 2016 IO Indies Awards.

The end of 2016 draws ever closer, and before we transition our way into 2017, we want to celebrate some of this year’s notable indie titles. There’s no doubt that 2016 has been a fantastic year for indie games. With several indie titles earning major awards and recognition across a multitude of platforms, this year has been monumental in showcasing the true value of indie games.

Each winner from their respective category will be announced in a week-long countdown event leading up to our 2016 Indie Game of the Year announcement on January 2nd. To find out more about each game and category, be sure to check back daily as we announce the winners. Without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2016 IO Indies Awards.

Game of the Year

  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Abzu
  • Firewatch
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • Owlboy
  • Stardew Valley

Best Visuals

  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Abzu
  • Firewatch
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Owlboy
  • The Witness

Best Story

  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • 1979 Revolution Black Friday
  • Banner Saga 2

Best Gameplay

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
  • Slime Rancher
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Obduction
  • Superhot
  • RunGunJumpGun

Best Mobile Game

  • Pokemon GO
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • Tuber Simulator
  • Orbit: Playing With Gravity
  • Plague Inc.

Best Indie VR Game

  • Job Simulator
  • Rez Infinite
  • Thumper
  • Audioshield
  • Hover Junkers
  • Raw Data

To learn more about the nominees, and see the winner of each category, be sure to visit throughout the week of December 26th. During that week, we will be posting a new winner and category each and every day.

On January 2nd, we’ll make our final announcement regarding which title is our 2016 indie game of the year. Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

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