The Google Play Awards are back again this year and will take place Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time) during Google I/O, our annual developer festival.

The annual ceremony is a great opportunity for the industry to recognize outstanding developers that continue to set the bar for quality apps and games showing a passion for driving innovation and adoption of new platforms and user experiences.

This year Google will be honoring its partners across 12 award categories, some familiar and some new. Nominees were selected much like last year by cross-functional teams throughout Google who work hand-in-hand with the relevant categories and product areas.

While category specific criteria can be found below, the common requirements across all categories focused on high star rating, technical performance and freshness, requiring a launch or major update since April 2016. The winners of each category will be announced at Google I/O in May.

The full list of categories and nominees are below and can also be found at

Uruguayan team Pomelo Games, got nominated with its game MARS: MARS for the category “Standout Indie”, which presents games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish.

Awards category: Standout Indie
It’s sharing the nomination with:

Mars: Mars it’s an arcade exploration game where you play as an astronaut exploring the surface of Mars on a jetpack.

Use your thrusters to blast your way from platform to platform. Avoid crashes and hard landings. Keep an eye on your fuel bar and use it wisely before it runs out.


About Pomelo Games

Pomelo Games is an independent game studio started by a group of friends from Montevideo, Uruguay focused on creating highly polished and visually unique games.

Their first game, Bullet Boy was featured by Apple and Google in over a hundred countries, distinguished as an Editor’s Choice and included in the Best of 2015 list by Apple in the Latin American Store. It was downloaded over 2.5 million times across all platforms.