INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022 Schedule and Award Nominees Revealed

    Voting ends on December 3 at 11:59 a.m. JST.

    Ryu’s Office revealed the schedule for INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022 and the full lineup of INDIE Live Expo Awards 2022 nominations.

    INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022 takes place on December 3 to 4. Day 1: Let’s Play begins on December 3 at 4:00 a.m. EDT, and Day 2: Awards follows up on December 4 at 4:00 a.m. EDT. INDIE Live Expo 2022 will be broadcast in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Fans around the world may tune in on Twitch and YouTube. The broadcast is hosted by indie game content creator J-mon and Kaori “Kaotan” Horiuchi, bilingual Japanese idol member of AKIHABARA Backstage Pass and Twitch streamer. Atsugiri Jason, an American comedian based in Tokyo, will join the Day 2 broadcast.

    Day 1: Let’s Play focus on games that viewers can play right now, including new content for released games, major updates to Early Access titles, and showcases of hidden gems. For instance, INDIE Waves will feature short-form, rapid-fire presentations from more than 200 games. Further, notable figures from the indie game world will provide recommendations on some of their favorite titles.
    Day 2: Awards focuses on showcasing upcoming games and honoring the best current games at INDIE Live Expo Awards 2022. The broadcast will feature INDIE Live Premieres with new game reveals, details about previously announced games, and more quick hit INDIE Waves for unreleased games. Additionally, a new INDIE Studios Around the World segment highlighting games and studios from a particular country will debut, with more show content and segments to be revealed.
    “Our panel did an exceptional job at making our nominee list aim to represent what we love from indie gaming, both the prominent titles that made an impact along with some lesser-known hidden gems,” said Ryuta Konuma, Founder, Ryu’s Office. “We hope this spirit carries on throughout our two days of INDIE Live Expo Winter 2022, where we can provide fun surprises of all kinds for indie game fans all over the world.”
    Nominees for INDIE Live Expo Awards 2022 were revealed, and voting begins today. Voting for INDIE Live Expo Awards 2022 nominees ends on December 3 at 11:59 a.m. JST. Fans may cast their votes at the official awards website here. The full list of nominees are available below.
    INDIE Live Expo Award 2022 – Nominees
    Most Stream-Friendly Game Award
    • Needy Streamer Overload (WWS playground, xemono)
    • Poppy Playtime (MOB Games)
    • The Complex: Found Footage (IsarL)
    • Trombone Champ (Holy Wow)

    Best Game Feel Award

    • Have a Nice Death (Magic Design Studios, Gearbox Publishing)
    • Neon White (Angel Matrix, Annapurna Interactive)
    • Rogue Legacy 2 (Cellar Door Games)
    • F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch (TiGames, bilibili)

    Rules of Play Award

    • 7 Days to End with You (Lizardry)
    • A=B (Artless Games)
    • Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate (PUNKCAKE Delicieux)
    • Who’s Lila (Garage Heathen, IndieArk)

    Trailer of the Year Award

    • Fashion Police Squad – Launch Trailer (Mopeful Games, No More Robots)
    • Kenny Washmore – PowerWash Simulator Informecial (FuturLab, Square Enix)
    • STRAY – Launch Trailer (BlueTwelve Studio, Annapurna Interactive)
    • Trek to Yomi – Launch Trailer (Leonard Menchiari, Flying Wild Hog, Devolver Digital)

    Rediscovery Award

    • ElecHead (NamaTakahashi, Tsuyomi)
    • Happy Game (Amanita Design)
    • Songs of Conquest (Lavapotion, Coffee Stain Publishing)
    • Potato Flowers in Full Bloom (Pon Pon Games, PLAYISM)

    Most Addictive Game Award

    • Farthest Frontier (Crate Entertainment)
    • Raft (Redbeet Interactive, Axolot Games)
    • Vampire Survivors (poncle)
    • Yugo Puzzle (QRostar)

    Best New Characters Award

    • Needy Streamer Overload (WWS playground, xemono)
    • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio, Annapurna Interactive)
    • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster, Devolver Digital)
    • DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game (Gibier Gamer, PLAYISM)

    Theme of the Year Award

    • Fashion Police Squad (Mopeful Games, No More Robots)
    • Milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk (Nikita Kryukov)
    • Needy Streamer Overload (WWS playground, xemono)

    Local Cultural Representation Award

    • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (DeskWorks, Aniplex)
    • The Witch Of The Ihanashi (Fragaria, Seikei Production)
    • A Perfect Day (Perfect Day Studio)
    • Paper Bride (HeartBeat Plus)

    Best Short Game Award

    • Unpacking (Witch Beam, Humble Games)
    • Vampire Survivors (poncle)
    • Open the Door: A Short Story About Life (Tatsuya Koyama)
    • Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect ☆ Girl

    Late Bloom Award

    • ANNO: Mutationem (ThinkingStars, Lightning Games)
    • Raft (Redbeet Interactive, Axolot Games)
    • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (DeskWorks, Aniplex)
    • Yumeiri (Affility)

    INDIE Live Expo’s Indie Game of the Year

    • All nominated games are eligible to win.
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    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Final Weapon and a News Writer at Game Rant. With a passion for the Japanese gaming industry, Raul is a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs and fighting/action games. business email:

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