The Kanga Awards, A new initiative to acknowledge, champion and award Australian involvement in tabletop games!
The booming Australian Board game and Tabletop markets can’t be stopped. There are hundreds of Australians in game design, art and design, publishing, game development and art direction. The Kanga Awards were set up to recognize the achievements of Australians within the tabletop games industry.
Several content creators including myself, got together to discuss why Australia doesn’t have an tabletop games industry award. After much research, we only found one award for Australian games. There were only games from the Big Publishers and seemed to include games from the last several years, including one from 4 years ago. They didn’t included the ever growing Kickstarter and independent markets.
So the Kanga Awards were created!
For more information, how to enter or to just get involved head over to The Kanga Facebook page or download the Kanga Guide which has all the rules and judging criteria of the awards
Before we introduce the judges, lets have a quick look at the numbers of what is causing the boom in the Industry, Kickstarter.
Kickstarter has almost single handedly created this boom in the Board game and Tabletop market. In 2017 alone, 6,951 games were put on Kickstarter; with 3,981 of those games being funded. That number does include both board and tabletop games, and videos games.
The split between the 2 might actually surprise you. 729 of the 6,951 games placed on Kickstarter were Video games. That is it! Just over 10% and even more crazy is over 50% of those video games didn’t meet their funding goals.
Games as a whole, represented 26% of all the money pledged in 2017, and makes up 15% of all the funded projects on Kickstarter. To put this in dollars and cents, the total amount of money pledged to Game Category in 2017 was $162,613,701 USD ($215,640,402 AUD) with less than $20 million of that being for video game projects.
*All information above was taken from ICO Partner Report. They converted all projects earning from their original currency to USD for their audience.
Meet the Judges:
The Judges are representatives of various Australian Tabletop media and bring with them a wealth of Tabletop knowledge and experience. (You may even recognize the last Judge and outlet)