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This award recognises outstanding composition for a video game; how well the original music enhances the visual content and gaming experience.


(a) The game must have been commercially released for the first time in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2021.

The version of the game from original date of release during 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 should be the version submitted for judging. Later versions on different platforms or extension packs will not be considered.

(b) The game score must have a British or Irish composing contribution of at least one third (33.3%).

A non-British or non-Irish national’s contribution can be considered, for the purposes of eligibility, provided the writer was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 (documentary proof will be required).


(c) A video file containing a selection of original music cues from the game must be submitted with each entry:

  1. The file format must be .mp4
  2. The audio codec should be stereo audio (one audio stream with two channels L and R).
  3. The aspect ratio should be 16:9.
  4. The file size cannot exceed 10GB.
  5. The Academy strongly recommends that the composer(s) of the musical score chooses the cues as the selection of clips should best highlight the compositional excellence against the gaming experience.
  6. Cues can be shown in any order the composer feels best highlights their work across the entire game.
  7. There is no limit to the number of cues, but the overall duration must be no longer than 15 minutes and should include a mixture of game play and in-game cinematic. There must be a minimum of 10 minutes game play included.
  8. Music must be shown in the context of the visuals as it appeared within the game – audio levels against dialogue/action must not be modified in any way.
  9. The composer’s name must not appear at any point.

(d) Seven unique download codes for the entire game must also be submitted.

(e) Cue sheets should be provided for the game, marked up to indicate which cues were originally composed and which were not.

The cue sheet should also specify the overall percentage of original composition.

Where there is more than one composer, the percentage of cues each has written must be clearly marked – a cue sheet template is available to download from the Awards Entry Site (https://ivorsacademy.secure-platform.com/a/page/Best-Original-Video-Game-Score) should one not exist.

(f) Entrants must provide the game’s UK release date.

(g) Entrants must provide a short outline, of no more than 250 words, detailing how they approached scoring the game.

(h) 300dpi digital image of the official game artwork.
This will be used in publicity should the work become nominated. In supplying the file, the entrant grants The Ivors Academy permission to use the image in relation to The Ivors 2022.