The Sammys uses an award system that reflects the diversity of each year’s games and their various fortes.
The Grand Prize
The Grand Prize is awarded for overall excellence in game design, art, and audio.
The Peer Choice Award
The Peer Choice Award is voted on publicly at the open demos from 3:30-5pm, in Baskin Engineering, the day of the Sammy Awards.
The Experience Prize
The Experience Prize is awarded to the most favored game designed in CMPS 20.
The Foundation Prize
The Foundation Prize is awarded to the most favored game designed in CMPS 80K.
Design Innovation Award
Special recognition is given to the game that shows the most creative design elements.
Technical Achievement Award
The game with the sharpest coding and software gets the Technical Achievement Award.
Visual Art Award
The Visual Art Award goes to the game with the most beautiful art design.
The Audio Award goes to the team that uses sound most effectively in their game.