This year Barcelona is playing host to the eighth International Mobile Gaming Awards as part of the Mobile World Congress. Almost 500 games in total were submitted for review, and the list has been whittled down to 30 games in 6 categories. We noticed the Nordics and Baltics were heavily favored on the list, and includes 5 games from Finland, 3 from Sweden, and one game from Lithuania.

The event will be head on March first, and Pocketgamer.biz writes that the winners will receive €100,000 worth of publicity from ProSieben Sat1 Games, one of the IMGA’s Platinum sponsors, while the individual overall winner will receive €400,000 of publicity.

Here are the contenders:

Best Casual Game

CreaVures – Muse Games – US
Hector Episodes 1-3 – Telltale Games – US
Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick – Australia
Sprinkle – Mediocre AB – Sweden
The Blocks Cometh – Halfbot – Canada

Best Real World Game

CityRace – Cityrace.me – Poland
Flatmates – Flaregames – Germany
Meatspace Invasion – C4MProd – France
NBA: King of the Court – Ogmento – US
Shadow Cities – Grey Area – Finland

Best Sports Game

Bike Baron – Mountain Sheep Inc/Qwiboo (London) – Finland
Flick Tennis: College Wars – Rolocule Games – India
Sports Car Challenge – Fish Labs – Germany
Touchgrind BMX – Illusion Labs AB – Sweden
Trial Xtreme 2 – Deemedya M.S. Ltd. – Israel

Best Mobile Social Game

Charadium II – On5 – Lithuania
Funpark Friends – Tagplay – UK
Poker Pals – Aspyr Media, Inc. – US
SpellCraft School of Magic – Appy Entertainment – US
The Pirate King – Bulkypix – France

Excellence in Gameplay

Battleheart – Mika Mobile – US
Contre Jour HD – Mokus Games LLP- Ukraine
Death Rally – Remedy Entertainment – Finland
DrawRace 2 HD – RedLynx – Finland
Infinity Blade II – Chair Entertainment – US

Most Innovative Game

Forever Drive – Tak Fung – UK
Kodo – Fabrication Games Europe AB – Sweden
KuraKuraMaze – Yoshimi Kurihara – Japan
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Capy – Canada
WildChords – Ovelin – Finland