Game designer Kane Klenko was named the Game Innovator of the Year at the 2019 Toy and Game Innovation Awards (TAGIES) for his games Pandemic: Rapid Response, Cosmic Factory, Dead Men Tell No Tails: The Kraken, Proving Grounds, and Slap It!.
Other game related awards include:
Ellie Skalla, a Chicago-based 10-year-old, has won the Young Innovator of the Year award for her game GalactiQuest, published by Pressman, a subsidiary of Goliath.
Lithuanian board game designer, Urtis Sulinskas was named the Rising Star Innovator of the Year for Planet and Pigasus. One of his first games Emojito was nominated for a Kinderspiel de Jahres in 2018.
Exploding Kittens also won the Innovative Retailer of the Year award for the Throw Throw Burrito Kickstarter.
Christian Castro was awarded the Innovative Art and Design Team of the Year award for the game New Phone Who Dis? Castro is the lead product designer at What Do You Meme?