This year Finnish developers have really hit a homerun on IGN Best of 2006 Awards. Finnish developed games gathered an impressive 9 wins across all categories on all platforms. In addition, Finnish developed games managed to gather another 8 mentions as Runner-Ups for a total of 17 nominations! Digital Chocolate also won the Best Developer in Wireless - in no small part thanks to Sumea, I'm sure. With the overall category winners still to be announced, I have a feeling there might still be more to come at least on the Wireless platform (Wireless Game of the Year?) ...
Congratulations to all winners: Sumea, Bugbear, Rovio & Universomo!
Here are the stats: (unofficial compilation - my apologies for any possible mistakes!)
* By Game (Nominations : category wins / Runner-Up positions) *
5 : 2 / 3 - Tornado Mania (Sumea) 4 : 2 / 2 - Flatout 2 (Bugbear) 2 : 2 / 0 - Nightclub Empire (Sumea) 2 : 1 / 1 - Mafia Wars Yakuza (Sumea) 1 : 1 / 0 - Mini Golf Magic (Sumea) 1 : 1 / 0 - Rollercoaster Rush (Sumea/Universomo) 1 : 0 / 1 - Beach Ping Pong (Sumea) 1 : 0 / 1 - Darkest Fear (Rovio) 17 : 9 / 8 - TOTAL
* By Company (Nominations : category wins / Runner-Up positions) *
12 : 7 / 5 - Sumea ( + Developer of the Year) 4 : 2 / 2 - Bugbear 1 : 1 / 0 - Universomo 1 : 0 / 1 - Rovio 18 : 10 / 8 - TOTAL (*1)
*1: Rollercoaster Rush has been awarded to both Sumea & Universomo in this one, that's why numbers are bigger when calculated per company. *2: 1 more Digital Chocolate game made it to Runner-Up, but it was not developed in Finland, so I didn't count that in.
- Jyri Ranki, Lead Coordinator