GTAV and Papers Please among GameCity Prize finalists

Acclaimed film director Darren Aronofsky joins judging panel

Organisers of GameCity, the UK festival celebrating video game culture, have revealed the final shortlist for its annual award.


The six acclaimed finalists for the GameCity Prize showcase the breadth of games development talent across genres, platforms and countries. They are:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo EAD Group No.2/Monolith Soft)
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Starbreeze Studios)
  • Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)
  • Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
  • Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

The final winner will be announced during the GameCity event, which takes place in Nottingham from October 25 to November 1.

Now in its fourth year, the GameCity prize tends to reward the cultural values of games as much as their play mechanics. Awards have previously been handed to Minecraft, Journey and Spaceteam.

Another distinction of the show is that members of its judging panel are not regular faces within the games industry. This year's jury includes:

  • Samira Ahmed, a journalist and BBC broadcaster
  • Darren Aronofsky, a film director
  • Jeremy Farrar, an executive of a health charity
  • Peter Gabriel, a musician and activist
  • Gemma Jackson, a production designer
  • Lisa Pollack, manager at The Financial Times

"We know that as well as being one of the most economically successful creative and digital sectors in the UK, games are a powerful art form and I am delighted to help launch the ninth GameCity festival," said Jo Twist, chief executive of industry trade body UKIE.

"The event has become a key feature in the international calendar for celebrating and exploring games as an important part of culture. Gamecity highlights not only Nottingham's strength in games, but the UK as the best ecosystem in the world, shining an important spotlight on us as innovative world leaders in entertainment."

Festival director Iain Simons added:

"GameCity starts new conversations about videogames, exploring their impact on our culture and their importance as an art form as well as entertainment. With the continued support of Nottingham Trent University, the city of Nottingham and now UKIE, GameCity 9 promises to evolve that even further, making this the biggest and best GameCity yet. I couldn't be more thrilled with the line-up for this year's GameCity Prize jury, or excited about the shortlist."