Story Awards

Story Awards at the Indie Arena Booth

We believe that as a society and as individuals, strong stories and profound experiences in fictional universes can help us make sense of the world and create empathy. Nowhere in gaming a more vibrant and more creative approach to storytelling can be found than in the sprawling indie scene. We want to contribute to that by supporting games that have a story to tell.

That is why we started sponsoring the “Story Award” as part of the Indie Arena Booth in 2018. A total of ten games with a narrative focus were nominated for the 1,000 Euro prize: a difficult decision that “Neo Cab,” a game by the California developer studio Chance Agency, finally won.

Exhibitor count at the Indie Arena Booth rose to a new record in 2019 with more than 100 games at the booth. In this big competition, “Welcome to Elk” by Triple Topping was ahead of the pack of ten nominees for the “Story Award”.

In 2020, we had the honor to sponsor the “Story Award” at the Indie Arena Booth for the third time in a row. In this digital-only event, we reduced the nominees to five in total, of which “The Wake: Mourning Father, Mourning Mother” by Somi made it to the podium.

We’re happy to be part of the Indie Arena Booth and we’re looking forward to future editions of the “Story Award”!

The Wake: Mourning Father, Mourning Mother (2020)
The Wake: Mourning Father, Mourning Mother (2020)

by Somi

The winner of 2020’s Story Award is wonderful proof of the fact that small games can tell great stories. What we loved most about this little gem is the fact that it tells a heartfelt story with simple means. “The Wake: Mourning Father, Mourning Mother” explores the feelings we have when someone close to you dies and how people deal with loss and guilt. This is, was and always will be an important issue but these days it unfortunately seems to be even more relevant!

Welcome to Elk (2019)
Welcome to Elk (2019)

by Triple Topping

The game that won 2019’s Story Award is a game that is doing something that we really like to see more of in the games industry: “Welcome to Elk” is trying to bring authentic stories to games. Everyone has a story that they can tell, e.g. over a beer at a bar, and Triple Topping wants players to experience that and to feel like they can tell their own stories as well.

Neo Cab (2018)
Neo Cab (2018)

by Chance Agency

Neo Cab is an emotional survival game: As a taxi driver Lina you get to know the stories of her passengers while driving through a high-tech city of the future – and thus also learn the truth about your own past. The game convinced us by the way it handles topics such as humanity, the increasing automation and digitization of our everyday life, as well as by its extraordinary narrative perspective.