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GameRefinery unveils the finalists for its annual Mobile GameDev Awards, celebrating the best in mobile game design



GameRefinery unveils the finalists for its annual Mobile GameDev Awards, celebrating the best in mobile game design
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The 2022 Mobile GameDev Awards finalists announced in seven categories covering different aspects of mobile game innovation and feature design, in USA, Japan and China.

Today, mobile game analytics specialist GameRefinery, a Liftoff company, is excited to announce that its jury has decided on the finalists for its second annual Mobile GameDev Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation in mobile game design amongst developers in the USA, China and Japan.

The seven categories are:

Innovation and Excellence in Core Gameplay, (all regions)

Most Promising Soft Launch Game, (all regions) Biggest Evolver individually in USA, Japan, China Best Newcomer individually in USA, Japan, China

Best Feature Innovation, Best Event individually in USA, Japan, China and

Best Use of IP in Collaboration Events (all regions).

GameRefinery will announce the winners on the 24th of May 2022.

The 2022 Mobile GameDev Awards finalists have been selected by a panel of GameRefinery analysts, drawing on their extensive experience and expertise in games analysis.

GameRefinery’s platform tracks over 100,000 mobile games for market research, competitor intelligence, and player insights while providing more than 2,500+ in-depth game feature deconstructions and analyses.


Mobile GameDev Awards 2022 Finalists

Innovation & Excellence in Core Gameplay

The most innovative and well-executed core gameplay seen in 2021:

  • 无尽的拉格朗日 (Infnite Lagrange, China)
  • Gold and Goblins: Idle Merge
  • 哈利波特:魔法觉醒 (Harry Potter Magic Awakened, China)
  • Kingdom Guard: Tower Defence
  • ウマ娘 プリティーダービー (Umamusume Pretty Derby, Japan)
  • The Ants: Underground Kingdom
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift


Most Promising Soft Launch Game

The 2021 soft launch game most likely to be a breakout launch success based on gameplay:

  • Apex Legends
  • Clash Mini
  • Star Blast
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Star Wars: Hunters


Biggest Evolver

The game that has developed the most during 2021 in terms of gameplay:

USA Finalists:

  • Merge Dragons!
  • Clash Royale
  • Garena Free Fire
  • Lords Mobile: Tower Defense
  • Rise of Kingdoms
  • Yahtzee® with Buddies
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom


Japan Finalists:

  • ステート・オブ・サバイバル (State of Survival)
  • Shin Sangokushi
  • ドラゴンクエストタクト (Dragon Quest Tact)
  • パズル&ドラゴンズ (Puzzle & Dragons)
  • プロ野球スピリッツA (Pro Yakyuu Spirits A)


China Finalists:

  • 植物大战僵尸2 (Plants vs. Zombies 2)
  • 谕 (Revelation)
  • 原神 (Genshin Impact)
  • 跑跑卡丁车官方竞速版 (PopKart Mobile)
  • 魂斗罗:归来-特战集结 (Contra Returns)


Best Newcomer

The best new entry into the market during 2021:


USA Finalists:

  • Beatstar
  • The Ants: Underground Kingdom
  • Royal Match
  • Kingdom Guard: Tower Defence
  • Family Farm Adventure
  • Zen Match – Relaxing Puzzle
  • The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War
  • No Limit Drag Racing 2
  • Idle Lumber Empire
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift


Japan Finalists:

  • ウマ娘 プリティーダービー (Umamusume Pretty Derby)
  • 二ノ国:Cross Worlds (Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds)
  • ガーディアンテイルズ (Guardian Tales)
  • グランサガ(Gran Saga)
  • Nier Re[in]carnation


China Finalists:

  • 哈利波特:魔法觉醒 (Harry Potter: Magic Awakened)
  • 王牌竞速 (Ace Racer)
  • 幻塔 (Tower of Fantasy
  • 无尽的拉格朗日 (Infnite Lagrange)
  • 英雄联盟手游 (League of Legends: Wild Rift)
  • 重返帝国
  • 铲铲之战 (Battle of the Golden Spatula)


Best Feature Innovation

The most innovative new feature introduced in a game during 2021

  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan, China) – Login calendar meets IAP offers
  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan, China) – Innovative limited-time gacha event
  • Garena Free Fire – Special PvP modes
  • Cooking Diary – Social hangout areas
  • Yahtzee® with Buddies – Kingdom feature
  • Rise of Kingdoms – MOBA mode
  • Puzzle & Dragons (Japan) – Synchronous PvP mode
  • PUBG MOBILE – RP Activity Packs in Battle Pass
  • Highrise – NFT cosmetics
  • XFLAG’s Kotodaman and Monster Strike (Japan) – New gacha type with a social twist
  • Ensemble Stars!! Music (Japan) – Music co-op newcomer tasks


Best Event


The best in-game event held during 2021:


USA Finalists:


  • Yahtzee® with Buddies – Derby event


  • POP! Slots™ Vegas Casino Games – Win Zone event


  • Gardenscapes – Klondike Expedition event


  • Genshin Impact – Midsummer Island Adventure


  • Call of Duty®: Mobile – Anniversary event


  • Garena Free Fire – Pet Mania event


  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang – Aspirants Unite event


  • State of Survival – 2nd Anniversary Airship Building event


Japan Finalists:


  • プロジェクトセカイ カラフルステージ! 初音ミク (Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku) – New Year’s event


  • ドラゴンボール レジェンズ (Dragon Ball Legends) – Legends Festival


  • 妖怪ウォッチ ぷにぷに (Youkai Watch Punipuni) – Collaboration event with Neon Genesis Evangelion


  • 二ノ国:Cross Worlds (Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds) – General events


  • NieR Re[in]carnation – Collaborations events with the earlier titles in the series (NieR Automata (launch), NieR Replicant and Drakengard 3)


China Finalists:



  • 松松总动员 (Song-song Zong-dong-yuan) – June 2021 Gacha event


  • 龙在天 (Legend of Yulong) – Fight the Landlord-card game event (doudizhu) in Jan


  • 神武4 (Shén wǔ 4) – Event with a real-life map to beat monsters and get points


  • 阴阳师 (Onmyoji) – recurring event with event-only customizable character


  • 富豪麻将 (Fuhao Majiang) – collaboration event with China Mahjong Masters Tournament


Best Use of IP in a Collaboration Event




  • 跑跑卡丁车官方竞速版 (PopKart Mobile) & Ali the Fox (China)


  • 肠派对 (Sausage Man) & Pizza Hut (China)


  • Top War: Battle Game & Transformers


  • 江南百景图 (Canal Towns) & Kentucky Fried Chicken (China)


  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang & Hello Kitty (Sanrio Characters)


  • Roblox & 24kGoldn Concert Experience


  • PUBG MOBILE & Arcane (League of Legends)


  • 獅子の如く~戦国覇王戦記~ (Shishi no Gotoku – Sengoku Haousenki) & Rurouni Kenshin (Japan)


  • State of Survival & The Walking Dead (US)



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Galaxsys Upgrades Hit Game Ninja Crash with New Features and Design



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Galaxsys gaming studio proudly announces that its runaway success Ninja Crash has been upgraded with several design features

Galaxsys, a leading innovator studio in the iGaming industry, is thrilled to announce the upgraded version of Ninja Crash, the reigning queen of its gaming portfolio. With a dynamic blend of enhanced design, new features and improved gameplay, Ninja Crash promises an even more thrilling gaming adventure.

About Ninja Crash
Ninja Crash brings the beloved social gaming favorite to the iGaming industry. Launched just last year, this fan-favorite game has swiftly become a star in leading portfolios, integrated by over 150 partners worldwide with particular popularity in Latin America. Galaxsys gaming studio has recently announced a major upgrade to this hit title.

Let’s dive into the various aspects that have undergone significant upgrades and improvements.

New Game Highlights:

Optimized Interface
Players can now enjoy an upgraded interface featuring round action buttons for intuitive navigation and enhanced odds visibility, ensuring a seamless and user-friendly experience.

Maximum Coefficient 5,000x
The game offers the potential for substantial wins with the maximum coefficient reaching an impressive 5,000x.

Combo Bonus Feature
In the game, players can earn a Combo Bonus by slicing a randomly appearing sweet, which triggers a bonus game where more sweets appear for slicing. The bonus odds are additive and are combined with the main game’s odds at the end, ensuring players benefit from the bonus session even if they lose in the main game.

Landscape Mode for Mobile
The feature is a game-changer in terms of player experience as players can enjoy an optimized gaming environment on their mobile devices.

Improved Algorithm
The game incorporates an advanced algorithm designed to captivate and retain players, providing a prolonged and enjoyable gaming experience.

Live Chat
The feature introduces real-time messaging, threaded conversations and personalized stickers, placing the players at the heart of dynamic discussions.

Auto Play Mode
A new addition to Ninja Crash that automatically initiates the next round after each cashout or loss, allowing players to relax and enjoy the continuous flow of excitement.

Freezing Bonus Feature
When the Freezing Bonus appears, players are guaranteed a win as it fixes their current winnings.

With the latest updates and features, Ninja Crash is now even more appealing to Galaxsys partners, ensuring an elevated gaming experience for their players. These enhancements are designed to increase enjoyment, engagement and rewards.

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PopOk Gaming’s new Crash Game release Crash Extreme



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Introducing PopOk Gaming’s new crash game ‘Crash Extreme’ – An Epic Adventure Beyond the Skies!

While playing PopOk Gaming’s latest release “Crash Extreme” the players will embark on an exhilarating journey where their fearless moto rider will defy gravity, soaring off cliffs, reaching unprecedented heights, and even venturing into space!

As the multiplier climbs, the excitement intensifies, offering a breathtaking ride to astronomical heights.

Let the players prepare for an extreme adventure where crashing takes  beyond the skies in ‘Crash Extreme’!

Here’s how it works:

-Place the bet

-Watch the multiplier increase from 1x upwards

-Cash out anytime to multiply the winnings

With the chance to win up to x10,000, ‘Crash Extreme’ promises non-stop excitement and adrenaline-pumping action.

Available in various categories including Casino Games, Skill Games, Fast Games, and more, ‘Crash Extreme’ is set to redefine the gaming landscape. Get ready for the ultimate adventure that takes you beyond the skies!

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The Gamemasters Summit: Stellar Speaker Lineup Announced With 30+ Mobile Games Thought Leaders



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The Gamemasters Summit, a pioneering digital conference powered by Kwalee and supported by media partner and sponsors AppsFlyer and Embrace, has announced its full speaker lineup. The event will bring together developers, publishers, platforms, agencies, suppliers and talent in mobile games alongside students and graduates.

The one-day online event invites delegates to engage with panel discussions and keynote sessions led by some of the sector’s most influential figures. With both an Expert Track and Emerging Track, The Gamemasters Summit offers a range of sessions and networking opportunities for people at all stages of their career in mobile games, from entry level to C-Suite.

The Gamemasters Summit has a ‘no selling, no BS, opinions welcome’ mandate – so the content and discussion will be original, interesting and useful for all attendees.

A Lineup of Over 30 World Class Speakers and Insightful Panels

The Gamemasters Summit is proud to present an impressive roster of speakers, including industry leaders and innovators who will share their knowledge, experiences and visions for the future of mobile gaming. Highlights include:

Javier Castro, Head of EMEA AppDev Gaming at Google and John Wright, VP of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, who will join forces in the keynote panel to explore the latest trends and challenges facing the mobile games industry in 2024.
Michail Katkoff, Founder of Deconstructor of Fun, and Adam Smart, Director of Product Gaming at AppsFlyer, will also join the keynote to provide their expert analysis on game trends and market strategy, shedding light on the keys to success in the rapidly evolving mobile games market.
Gabriel Stürmer, CEO of Clap Clap Games, will share their journey as a games studio, crafting hit games in collaboration with Kwalee, highlighting the strategies that led to their widespread success.
Allison Bilas, COO at GameAnalytics, will contribute her profound analytics and big data knowledge to the “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming” panel. Her experience with major game studios and tech providers underscores the critical role of data in the success of mobile games.
Vera Karpova, Product Manager at dev-to-dev, Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew and Eberhard Dürrschmid, CEO of Golden Whale Productions GmbH will also join the “Play By Numbers” panel, adding their insights on product analytics and the integration of enterprise-level analytics to support mobile game development.
Nikita Lord, Graduate Partnership Manager at Grads in Games – Aardvark Swift, will speak in the “Forging Your Career in Gaming” session. Nikita’s experience in bridging gaps between industry and academia is crucial for aspiring industry professionals and game developers looking to enter the games industry successfully.
Ben Hopkins, Creative Director at VCCP, and Justin Nield, Creative Solutions Lead at Kayzen, will explore the “Crafting Impact: Mastering the Ad Creative Lifecycle” session. Their combined expertise provides a comprehensive view of developing and optimising creative strategies for impactful advertising in the games industry and this panel will be chaired by Gavin McNicholl, Creative Director at Kwalee.
Harry Lang, VP of Marketing at Kwalee, brings over two decades of expertise to the Gamemasters Summit. Harry will kick off the event with an introduction to The Summit and its agenda, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussion and networking. Furthermore, his session “Beyond the Code: The A to Z of Marketing a Hit Mobile Game” promises to unravel the complexities of marketing in the mobile games industry.
William Cox, Head of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, will moderate “Game Publishing Unveiled: Strategies for Emerging Developers.” This panel aims to shed light on the intricacies of game publishing, offering emerging developers insights into how they can make their games stand out. Will’s extensive experience in game publishing at Kwalee, Sega and Ubisoft will guide the conversation, providing actionable advice for attendees.
Simon Platt, VP of Kwalee’s Leamington Studio, has been at the forefront of designing and producing hit mobile games, leading Kwalee’s in-house mobile games to over 1 billion downloads. Simon will chair the “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” session, designed for emerging game developers. This discussion will dive into the creative and strategic processes behind successful game development, from ideation to execution.
Eric Futoran, CEO of Embrace and previously a co-founder of Scopely, will discuss how an obsession with delivering flawless player experiences is crucial to any game’s success, and why he is dedicated to helping teams resolve complex app issues quickly.

These speakers, among many others, will provide a comprehensive exploration of the tools, tactics, and innovations shaping the future of mobile game development and publishing. The Gamemasters Summit is an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights from the leading minds in the industry, offering strategic learning, career development, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Engaging Sessions Designed for Every Level of Expertise

The Gamemasters Summit features two distinct tracks catering to both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the industry so there’s something for everyone:

The Expert Track offers advanced insights into topics such as data science, AI in mobile gaming, and monetisation strategies. Sessions include “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming,” where panellists like Allison Bilas, COO of GameAnalytics, and Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew, will discuss the integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence in game development and marketing.
The Emerging Track focuses on foundational knowledge and career development, with sessions such as “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” by Simon Platt, Head of Studio (Hybrid) at Kwalee. Attendees will gain insights into the creative process behind developing successful mobile games, from concept ideation to execution.

Join the Leading Innovators In Mobile Gaming

The Gamemasters Summit is not only an event for learning and inspiration but also a prime networking opportunity for professionals looking to connect with peers and industry leaders. With discussions on the latest trends, innovations, and strategies, attendees will be better equipped to navigate the future of mobile gaming.

Join the Gamemasters Summit to connect with these and other industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and explore the latest trends and strategies in the mobile games industry – all this and more at zero cost!

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