A few months ago we submitted Eufloria HD for something called the Big Chip Awards. They are the main UK awards for digital agencies outside London and are hotly contested. They had a (best use of) games category so we decided to have a go. We were allowed to enter two categories so also entered the design one because, well, why not?!
And you know what? We got nominated for both, much to our surprise! We assumed it was to add a bit of flavour to what we thought where primarily web targeted awards.
I nearly didn’t go to the ceremony itself as I only knew a non gaming friend of mine there plus we’re all really busy with Eufloria Adventures, Bitcoin research, and other gaming projects. Still, the lovely people at Playrise (Tabletop Racers) organised a table and Manchester is an easy trip across the Pennines. It was just me as we didn’t even really think about a bigger outing as we’re very busy and these aren’t game industry awards so we didn’t think we had a chance. We also never win anway so had pretty much resigned ourselves to always being the bridesmaid as it were.
Fast forward to Thursday night. After a Champagne reception and a splendid dinner, the design award comes up. They show some pretty cool looking sites and then Eufloria last of all.. and then they read out our name.
We’d won. WE’D WON!
We’d finally ****ing won something! And Rudolf/Alex/Mark et al weren’t even there. Aaargh! I definitely gave a shout of delight but felt a bit silly having taken on all these design agencies and won. Apparently several in the audience were, ahem, asking who on earth we were. At awards like these, people tend to know each other.
So there you go. Eufloria HD, finally a full award winner. Not a nomination, not a runner up award, but the top prize. Totally unexpected so I was really chuffed for all of us. Now time to sit back and enjoy the night with a few drinks, at least once I’d persuaded my phone network that yes, Rudolf, Alex and Mark did indeed need to see a picture of the trophy.
Next up is Best Use of Gaming, for which a mate’s company was nominated, ourselves, and Playrise. We’d already won, the others hadn’t so far, and Playrise had even organised the table which allowed me to be there. I fully expected both games to beat Eufloria anyway, even more so now.
And then we won again.
Eh? What? I couldn’t believe it.
I apologised a lot to everyone, then walked up for another award. And felt very silly indeed. I had to answer a couple of questions on the stage, like where everyone else was. I mentioned that this was a collaboration and that no one had thought we had any chance of winning.
So yeah, two awards. 100% record. Woohoo!
Only… it wasn’t finished.
I didn’t realise but there was a grand prize for the best of the Big Chips 2013. I was busy tweeting when I got a nudge from my neighbour, looked up, and saw that we’d just come out on top against the North’s top digital agencies and won the main award of the night, their Grand Prix award. It’s gold coloured so it must be special.
I have never, ever been so embarrassed. And there will never ever by a more coy award winner. I turned and shrugged I think. I knew that a lot of people in front of me cared a great deal about that award in particular and had worked really hard, and yet we’d just won it. Not that we hadn’t near killed ourselves any number of times developing Eufloria.
What is it they say in Team America?
TEAM EUFLORIA! **** YEAH!
Thanks to everyone at Big Chip, Playrise, Yippee (another award winning game company that night), and special congratulations to everyone who has contributed to Eufloria over the years.