Criteria: WhatIfGaming Prizes are given solely to those respective items that demonstrate a pure excellence in the field for which they are not only nominated but also chosen.
Nomination & Selection Process: Compared with other site awards, the WhatIfGaming Prize nomination and selection process is long and extremely rigorous. This is the sole reason why WhatIfGaming Prizes have grown in importance over the years to become the most important prizes in their field. Forms, which amount to a personal and exclusive invitation, are sent to about over a certain number of selected individuals to invite them to submit nominations depending on the type of award. Self-nominations are disqualified. For WhatIfGaming Prizes, inquiries are sent to such people as developers, industry experts, analysts, and our very own readers among others. After our deadline passes, the nominations are chosen by permanent committee of Staff individuals and only the final stage of nominees remain per category. From all of these, a winner is chosen.
The names of the nominees are not publicly announced, and neither are they told that they have been considered for the WhatIfGaming Prize. The names of the runner’s-up are not publicly announced, and neither are they told that they have been considered for the WhatIfGaming Prize unless otherwise stated. Some are announced publicly by practice. Nomination records are revealed approximately 2 years after each respective award year and are subject to change. Any nominees from the exclusive votes are also subject to change at the will of the WhatIfGaming Team.