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Fun & Serious Game Festival is a videogames' festival that takes place, since its foundation in 2011, in the Spanish city of Bilbao, from late November to the beginning of December.[1] Its main objective is to recognize the cultural importance of videogames. To do so, several leisure and training activities are celebrated, such as the VIT Talks and the Fun & Serious Awards. [2]

The Fun & Serious Game Festival has the support of the Basque Regional Government - SPRI, the city hall of Bilbao and Vizcaya's Provincial Council. Besides, it is sponsored by the newspaper 'El Correo'. Among the strategic partners of this event relevant brands from the sector can be found, such as Microsoft, PlayStation and Ubisoft. The Spanish Association of Videogames (AEVI) also colaborates with the Festival.

The Festival concludes with the Titanium Awards gala for the best videogames of the year.[3] In 2015, the Titanium Award was presented for the first time at the festival. This award changed its name and design, in reference to the titanium, a metal that represents the transition experimented in the city of Bilbao. In 2016, to total number of assistants was of 25000 people. [4]

In 2018, by its eighth edition, the festival changed its location, moving to the Bilbao Exhibition Centre of Barakaldo, in order to increase the habitual capacity.[5]

In 2019 the IX edition will take place, between the 6th and 9th of December, where Yōko Shimomura will be awarded with the Titanium award for her input in the videogames' music world. Furthermore, the compositor will impart a talk in the VIT Talks of this festival.[6]



The first ceremony for the Titanium Awards was celebrated on November the 8th, 2011, at the Campos Eliseos Theaterand it was presented by Patricia Conde and Alex Odogherty.[7]

Category Winner
Bizkaia Award Alexey Pajitnov[8]
Vanguard Award Tim Schafer[9]
Honorific Award James Armstrong[10]
Game of the year The Witcher: Wild Hunt[11]
Category Winner
Bizkaia Award Yuji Naka[12]
Vanguard Award Harvey Smith[13]
Honorific Award Warren Spector[14]
Game of the year Uncharted 4[15]

The ceremony was hold on the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao and was presented by the journalist Iñaki López and the actress Itziar Atienza.

Category Winner
Bizkaia Award John Romero[16]
Vanguard Award Jeff Kaplan[17]
Honorific Award Jordan Mechner[18]
Game of the year The Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[19]
Category Winner
Bizkaia Award Fumito Ueda[20]
Pioneer Award Jade Raymond[21]
Honorific Award Brenda Romero[22]
Game of the year Red Dead Redemption 2[23]
Category Winner
Bizkaia Award
Pioneer Award Yöko Shimomura[24]
Vanguard Award
Game of the year


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  8. ^ https://www.elmundo.es/pais-vasco/2015/11/29/565add1a22601dc5228b458e.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  12. ^ https://buhomag.elmundo.es/videojuegos/fun-serious-game-festival-2016-yuji-naka/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ https://www.euskaditecnologia.com/harvey-smith-fun-serious-2016/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ https://www.lavanguardia.com/tecnologia/videojuegos/20161201/412310858846/fun-and-serious-2016-multiples-caras-del-videojuego-reportaje.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  16. ^ https://www.eldiario.es/economia/Kaplan-escritor-fracasado-estrella-videojuego_0_716728694.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  19. ^ https://www.abc.es/tecnologia/videojuegos/abci-y-serious-corona-legend-zelda-breath-wild-como-mejor-juego-201712112202_noticia.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ https://www.vidaextra.com/industria/fumito-ueda-recibira-galardon-honorifico-proximo-fun-serious-bilbao. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ https://www.diarioinformacion.com/vida-y-estilo/tecnologia/videojuegos/2018/10/02/fun--serious-honrara-jade/2069542.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ https://vandal.elespanol.com/noticia/1350710003/brenda-romero-recibira-el-premio-bizkaia-en-fun-serious-game-festival/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ https://as.com/meristation/2018/12/10/noticias/1544477971_060458.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ https://vandal.elespanol.com/noticia/1350724180/yko-shimomura-recogera-el-premio-pionera-en-fun-serious-game-festival/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External Links[edit]

Official website