Gotland Game Awards 2008

GGA 2008 was 2 full days of exhibition, presentations and lectures by people like Jon Gibson from Tripwire and Peter Kullgard from Ascaron. The Swedish stand-up comedian and TV-personality Nour El-Refai hosted the award show, and then we all pigged out in a huge party over at GuteKällaren.

Everything was huge! We had to rent the newly constructed exhibition hall – Wisby Strand – just to fit all our student projects and the 27 jurors. You can download the full GGA 2008 jury list (pdf) and introduce yourself to what I’m sure to be some familiar names and faces.

The awards ceremony in it’s entirety, all photos and some of the jury presentations are available from the Gotland Game Award site.

Now check out this video from the exhibition, and some of the nice things said about the event during the award ceremony. 🙂


GameRider is a bike simulation game constructed in three weeks by a small group as a side project during a level design class at HGO’s GAME education. The engine used is Valve’s Source Engine and the level was built from scratch in Hammer, the Source Engine’s level editing tool.

In the months since its completion, it’s been on display at the Technical Museum, Stockholm’s Culture House, on Swedish Television, GGA (where it won the best serious game award) and just recently at the Almedal’s Week where it was on display for Sweden’s most important politicians.

GameRider was awarded “Best Serious Game” at Gotland Game Awards 2008.

HĂĄkan Mattsson
Jona Marklund
Rickard Johansson
Don Geyer