The Banner Saga victorious at The Geekie Awards

The Banner Saga added another trophy to its haul this month by collecting the The Geekie Award for Best Indie Video Game. Stoic's turn-based strategy RPG was up against tough competition from the likes of Outlast, Don't Starve, Axle and Octodad: The Dadliest Catch. But a winner had to be chosen and there was only one man for the task. Yes, one Richard Mitchell of Joystiq Reviews Content Director fame - and other judges, we gather - deemed The Banner Saga this year's worthy winner.

"We are honored by the outpouring of love from fans for The Banner Saga and know that this award is due to their support", said Stoic Technical Director John Watson. "This comes just as we are about to launch the game on tablet, and we are excited about the prospect of offering The Banner Saga to a new medium of gamers."
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The new tablet version is due next month, and hopefully it'll match the quality of the Windows PC and Mac version released earlier this year. Joystiq's Jess Conditt gave The Banner Saga four stars in her review, describing it as "a human story told with inhuman flair, and that somehow makes it all the more relatable."

If you noticed the common theme across those nominees, apart from their quality, it's that all the games were made by independent studios. That's because The Geekie Awards - now in its second year - is a celebration of independent creators, and not just in video games but across geek culture. Other winners included for Talkin' Comics Weekly in the Podcasts & Vlogs category, Belfort for Tabletop Games, and Oh Hell for Comics & Graphic Novels.
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The Banner Saga Takes Geekie Award® in Indie Game Category

Austin-based independent developer, Stoic, took home another award on Sunday night with its smash hit PC video game The Banner Saga winning the Geekie Award ® for the Indie Video Games category. The award ceremony took place on Sunday evening, August 17th in Hollywood, California and was broadcast live via Twitch livestream. Currently available on PC and Mac, The Banner Saga will be coming to iPad, Windows and Android based tablets and is scheduled to launch in September 2014.

"We are honored by the outpouring of love from fans for The Banner Saga and know that this award is due to their support", said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic. "This comes just as we are about to launch the game on tablet, and we are excited about the prospect of offering The Banner Saga to a new medium of gamers".

The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing Viking saga with turn-based tactical combat where the player's choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of their own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization. The game features stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters that drive the story forward. The journey is enhanced by a beautiful and haunting original score by Grammy nominated, and two-time BAFTA winner, composer Austin Wintory conducting The Dallas Winds orchestra, as well as a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: Peter Hollens, Malukah and Taylor Davis.

The Banner Saga is available now through Steam, Amazon, GreenMan Gaming, Humble Store, UPlay, GameFly, GameStop, GOG and Gamers Gate for PC and Mac. A digital Deluxe Edition is also available through select retailers which includes the game and complete soundtrack.

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About the Geekie Awards®
The Geekie Awards® is an award show by geeks for geeks™, aimed at putting the true geek culture in the spotlight as a collection of valid, respected, award- winning genres for storytelling and creation. In an industry filled with award shows for established celebrities, we honor talented, independent creators and give them the opportunity to receive recognition in front of a worldwide audience and leaders in their respective industries. We inspire creativity and hope and foster cross-market innovation. Our mission is to create a fun, action-packed, unforgettable broadcast event tailored to all of the things we geeks love: entertainment, gaming, products and art-delivered via the latest digital technologies.

About Stoic
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique. The studio is comprised of Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen, and John Watson - all industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga? and The Banner Saga: Factions? content is used by permission. © Stoic LLC. 2012-2013 All rights reserved.

About Versus Evil
Versus Evil is an independent video game publisher focused on working with talented independent game developers for all platforms. The company's philosophy centers on building relationships by giving development teams the level of support they need so they can focus on making the games they want to make. For more information visit: © Versus Evil LLC. 2013-2014. All rights reserved.

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