The Origins Awards, given out every year at Origins Game Fair (duh) are quite a badge of honor for those games that win. Getting the notice of The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design and getting recognized for it is something many game developers hope for. Well, the categories are changing a little for this year. They're also bringing back the Game of the Year award.
The final categories that the GAMA membership committee decided on are:
1) Board Games
2) Card Games (includes dice and deck-building games)
3) Collectibles (all games with a collectible component)
4) Role-playing Games
5) Family Games
6) Game Accessories
7) Miniatures Games
Justin Ziran, President of WizKids and GAMA Board President said of the changes, “We formed an Origins Award committee to re-evaluate the Origins Awards, making sure they reflected the needs of today’s game industry. The changes for the Origin Awards bring the program into better alignment with the market and we’re looking forward to the Award ceremony at Origins 2016.”
Submissions for this year's awards are being taken now. The 42nd Origins Awards will be handed out during the show next year, which will run from June 15th to the 19th.