The concluded 2022 NYX Game Awards Season 1 received an overwhelming number of submissions, with over 500 game entries from more than 30 countries around the world. Among these entries, Evony: The King's Return emerged as one of the few victorious games, winning the prestigious NYX Silver Award.
Evony: The King's Return is a unique real-time strategy war game that allows players to build cities, train troops, and rule over an empire. The game has been highly popular worldwide since its release in 2016, with players from over 150 countries playing the game and it has been translated into 24 languages. In 2017, the game was also featured in an award-winning Super Bowl commercial.
There are seven civilizations from which to choose, including Chinese, American, and European. Once gamers have settled on a character and timeline, they can meet up with fellow gamers — many of whom live all over the world. The auto-translation capabilities combined with voice and text communication make it possible to really learn about other people, even if they don't speak the same language. There are Four Pillars in Evony: The King's Return that make the game still invincible years later.
Players want to feel fully immersed in something that feels familiar before setting off into uncharted domain. Once they branch out, the auto-translate chat allows players to build friendships and have fun across cultures. The whole experience is actually bringing the world closer together through play.
The game was created by Top Games Inc., a global video game developer, and publisher founded in 2015, with over 200 employees worldwide. The CEO of Top Games Inc., David Guo, shared his philosophy behind the game design of Evony: The King's Return and how it has won multiple awards. In an interview after the game received the NYX Silver Award, David Guo expressed his pride in his team's achievement, stating that he joined Top Games Inc. because he noticed that many game companies focus more on forced monetization and decisions made without data science behind them, leading to poor experiences for the players.
David Guo leads Top Games Inc. to focus on providing top-tier user experiences and services, designing games from the players' perspectives. Recognizing that players have friends and share large parts of their lives in these games, David and his team aimed to create the best gaming experience with long-lasting gaming communities for their players. As David stated, the team will continue to upgrade and improve Evony: The King's Return in the future, while also launching their new game, Infinity Clan, and hoping for their players' support.