The fourth annual Pocket Gamer Mobile Game Awards took place on June 21, 2021, with Genshin Impact taking home the grand award of Game of the Year.
The Mobile Game Awards was created by Steel Media Ltd, and as noted in a press release the ceremony tries to “shine a light on every part of the ecosystem, from the game developers and publishers through the advertising and monetisation companies, to the tool-makers and support companies that enable the magic to happen.”
The show covers 22 different categories for a broad view of the massive mobile gaming industry. Genshin Impact won big this year, also taking home the best Audio/Visual award while Tencent and TiMi Studio Group won Best Publisher and Best Developer.
Outside of Genshin Impact, some of the other highlights included Niantic winning Innovation of the Year for its use of Pokemon GO during the pandemic. The People’s Choice Award went to SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off, by Tilting ‘Point. Below you can find the full list of winners.
Pocket Gamer People’s Choice – SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off (Tilting Point)
Best Advertising & UA Service – Unity Ads
Best Analytics / Data Tool – AppsFlyer
Best Developer – TiMi Studio Group
Best GAAS Tools & Tech – Azure PlayFab
Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment – Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
Best Game Engine – Unity
Best Storytelling – Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (ustwo games)
Rising Stars – Jana and Sham Al Bdour (Sakura Games)
Best Tools Provider – Game UI Database
Best Games Industry Law Firm – Sheridans
Best Service Provider – Pollen VC
Best Live Ops – Clash Royale (Supercell)
Best QA and Localisation Service Provider – Amber Studio
Best Indie Developer – Innersloth
Best PR / Marketing Team – Scopely
Best Influencer Marketing Agency – Game Influencer
Investor of the Year – Play Ventures
Best Publisher – Tencent
Best Innovation – Niantic (Pokémon GO lockdown reworking)
Game of the Year – Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
Mobile Legend – Chris DeWolfe (Jam City)
More info on Pocket Gamer’s Mobile Game Awards can be seen on the official site.