Mojang’s hugely popular sandbox building indie title Minecraft – created by Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson – has received several awards since it was first released back in May 2009, including Good Game’s award for being the ‘Best Downloadable Game of 2010,’ Indie DB’s ‘2010 Indie of the Year’ award, and ‘Best Debut Game’ and ‘Most Innovative Game’ at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards.
It looks as though the list of awards could well get a little longer as well. According to Pete Davison over on the gamepro.com website, Minecraft has received a total of 6 nominations by the 2011 European Games Awards including Best European Game, Best Indie Game, Best Game Design, Best Online Game and Best Browser Game. Mojang has also been nominated for the Best European Studio award.
The Best European Game category also includes The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, DiRT 3, Crysis 2, Football Manager 2011, Outland, Killzone 3 and Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers. Meanwhile, the Best Indie Game category has the Minecraft game up against the likes of Interstellar Marines: Running Man, Snuggle Truck, Ilomilo and Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Other nominations in the Best Browser Game category include Might & Magic Heroes Kingdoms, Battlestar Galactica Online, Dragon Age Legends, Cultures Online, The Settlers Online, Travian, SkyRama, Interstellar Marines: Running Man and Miramagia. As for the Best Game Design, Minecraft is taking on The Witcher 2, Bulletstorm, R.U.S.E., Outland, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Ilomilo.
The developer Mojang is pitted up against the likes of BlueByte, CD Projekt RED, Crytek, 2K Czech, Lionhead, DICE, Remedy, Quantic Dream and People Can Fly for the Best European Studio award. Finally, the Best Online Game category will see Minecraft up against EVE Online, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, Magicka, Runes of Magic, World of Tanks, Wakfu, Stronghold Kingdoms and Black Prophecy.
Back in February Mojang announced that they would be bringing the hugely popular Minecraft game – which according to Emil Protalinski over at techspot.com has now passed the 10 million registered users mark – to both iOS and Android devices. This was followed a few months later by the announcement that the game would also be coming to the Xbox 360 console.
You can read the full list of European Games Awards nominations over on the european-games-award.com website. Are you a fan of the Minecraft game?