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Papers, Please wins big at the IGF awards

Immigration officer sim takes three gongs at the indie-focused ceremony

The 2014 Independent Games Festival awards took place last night, with Papers, Please coming out on top.

Lucas Pope's immigration game won three awards in total, including the Grand Prize for best indie game of the year.

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Lucas Pope took three awards in total at the IGF (Image Credit: GDC)

Other winners included literature-based iOS thriller Device 6, which won for best use of audio, and The Stanley Parable, which won the Audience Award as voted by festival attendees.

Papers, Please recently won a BAFTA award for best strategy/simulation game, beating the likes of Civilization V and Forza Motorsport 5.

Last week it was revealed that the game has sold more than 500,000 copies to date. Pope also stated his interest in bringing the game to Vita in the future.

Pope, who left Uncharted developer Naughty Dog to pursue a career as an indie developer, recently said the project costs involved in developing Papers, Please were minimal.

"As far as what it cost me, it's hard to pin down," he told the BBC. "I could say nothing, literally - I bought a few pieces of software, but it was mostly just my time working on it. So, cost wise it was a pretty cheap project. The return's been pretty fantastic."

This year's ceremony was the 16th in the IGF's history. Previous winners of the Grand Prize have included Minecraft, Fez, Monaco and Darwinia.

The full list of 2014 winners is as follows:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:
Papers, Please

Nuovo Award:
Luxuria Superbia

Excellence in Visual Arts:
Gorogoa

Excellence in Audio:
DEVICE 6

Excellence in Design:
Papers, Please

Excellence in Narrative:
Papers, Please

Best Student Game:
Risk of Rain

Audience Award:
The Stanley Parable

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