July 18, 2018

Southwest Video Game Showcase Winners

Southwest Video Game Showcase at Phoenix Comicon

UAT Game studios students and alumni featured indie games for four days at Phoenix Comicon at the 4th annual Southwest Video Games Showcase (SWVGS), presented by Game CoLab.

“Game CoLab proudly presented its 4th annual video games showcase, highlighting awesome games from Arizona and beyond.”

-UAT Professor Ben Reichert

The Southwest Video Games Showcase was an opportunity for the public to meet the game developers, play their games, and sit in on industry panels, vote on awards and more.

SWVGS was held May 25-28, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center during Phoenix Comicon in the Hall of Heroes, among celebrities and other exhibitors including Cobra Arcade.

Waden Kane Studios at Comicon

Waden Kane Studios at Phoenix Comicon (Alumni: Harrison Snyder, Tony Johnson)

UAT students and alumni were in attendance at SWVGS featuring Terrasect Mobile with Wizards 2 VR on the Samsung Gear VR, Waden Kane Studios featuring Space Prisoners VR for HTC Vive, a game created for a local client, Spiky Fish Games showing off Crimson Nights (available on Steam) and current UAT Game Studios indie game, Morpheus. It’s safe to say UAT was in good representation at SWVGS and Phoenix Comicon.

Morpheus, currently in further development in UAT Game Studios

Morpheus, currently in further development in UAT Game Studios

Not only did the game development team members hang around for the long weekend, but they welcomed friends and classmates to volunteer a few hours with their booths in exchange for some free time exploring Comicon. Many students took this opportunity to hang out in the indie game world and experience Comicon all in the same day!

Terrasect Mobile with Wizards 2 VR at Comicon

Terrasect Mobile with Wizards 2 VR at Phoenix Comicon (Alumni: Jeff Rosenberg)

The awards ceremony for the Southwest Video Game Showcase Awards was moderated by Jessica Conditt of Engadget and Ben Reichert of UAT and Founder of Game CoLab, as well as event Moderator.

“Our big mission and goal is to help video game developers connect with each other, get the resources they need and create awareness about what they’re doing.”

This year’s winners received a cool golden controller trophy “controlphy” made by local small business Evil Controllers.

Southwest Video Game Showcase golden controlphies from Evil Controllers and Game CoLab

Southwest Video Game Showcase golden “controlphies” from Evil Controllers and Game CoLab


Phoenix Recognition Award – E-Line Media
Juiciest – (what game feels the juiciest) – Negative Space
*Runner up – Bluff Mountain
Best in Show – Planetoid Pioneers
*Runner up – Waden Kane Space Prisoners VR
Audience Choice – ChromaShift
*Runner up – Negative Space

Watch the Awards Ceremony on GameCoLab’s Facebook Live.


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