Hugo Award

for

Best Game or Interactive Experience

The Hugo Awards are a speculative fiction award given out yearly at that year's Worldcon recognizing outstanding speculative works and contributors to speculative fiction fandom. The Hugo Awards have been awarded every year since 1955, and are voted on by World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) members. That means most Worldcon attendees, and many other people -- if you nominated, you're a WSFS member already. Anyone can be a WSFS member, but not everything can get a Hugo Award.

Right now, there is no Hugo Award category for games. We're working to change that.


It's Time for a Hugo Award for Games - All Games


Games, whether digital or analog, are a thriving site of speculative fiction work today and are major innovators in the genre. Whether it's video games or tabletop RPGs, board games or interactive prose, amusement park installations or VR experiences, if it's interactive it's doing something totally unique, something that deserves to be recognized alongside other speculative fiction work.

Interested In Making it Happen?

To make a new Hugo Award category, the WSFS Constitution must be amended to define the new category. This is done by proposing a constitutional amendment at a WSFS Business Meeting, which is open to all attendees of that year's Worldcon. If the amendment passes there, then it must be ratified at the next year's Worldcon. New categories are more likely to pass if they have had a successful trial run at a recent Worldcon. Each Worldcon has the prerogative to run one trial category of its own choosing.

Prior to the 2019 WSFS Business Meeting, Ira Alexandre put together a 60-page report, with an additional 50 pages of appendices and data, detailing background research into this category. The report includes the proposed category structure, over a decade of Worldcon data on games programming, data on other gaming awards and how they relate to speculative fiction games, and a dozen test cases for how the proposed category would apply to real-world scenarios. This report is available at report.gameshugo.com.

The proposal resulting from that report was presented before the the 2019 WSFS Business Meeting. The Business Meeting voted to make the Games Hugo proposal part of the official remit of the Hugo Study Committee, which researches and proposes changes to the Hugo category structure. The subcommittee for this proposal is chaired by Ira Alexandre, the original proposer.

We are actively soliciting input and participants, especially from marginalized gamers and game creators!

To express interest in being on the subcommittee, take the subcommittee signup survey.

To give feedback without volunteering for the subcommittee, take the proposal survey.

Watch this space for news on where we are in the process and more ways to contribute!