Mod of the Year is the largest celebration of hobbyist, amateur and professional modification developers. With record attendance and a massive number of updates, releases and new projects 2010 was a year like no other, packed to bursting with goodies to make any tired relic PC game seem new and exciting again. The Modding Hall of Fame has rolled out the red carpet welcoming one and all to see the best mods ever released all in one place.

Up until Jan 1st 2011 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. For the first time in ModDB history we have a press panel which sees personalities from other websites like Joystiq and Rock Paper Shotgun have their say where it counts. Welcome to the 9th Annual Mod of the Year Awards.

UDK Design3 Desura

It takes a great idea and years of hard work to make a brilliant mod reality. Without a shadow of doubt the biggest prize is the coverage and prestige the winning team receives (and possibly even a future listing in the Hall of Fame). As the MOTY winner companies will want to discuss commericalizing your mod (we can help make the introductions) and your resume just got a massive tick. However while we know you do it for experience and for the love of making something new, to thank you (the winning teams) for your creativity and dedication, we have a few small prizes to hand out from our sponsors.


Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips. It was made by the same people who run ModDB and was only recently launched. Here are a few prizes:

  • Mod of the Year, wins a $250 voucher to spend on any games they want
  • Runner Up Mod of the Year, wins a $100 voucher to spend on any games they want
  • Best Upcoming Mod, wins a $100 voucher to spend on any games they want
  • Editors Choice Best Multiplayer Mod, wins a $100 voucher to spend on any games they want
  • Editors Choice Best Singleplayer Mod, wins a $100 voucher to spend on any games they want
  • All Editors Choice and Top 100 Players Choice, receive a the opportunity to discuss publishing their mod on Desura. Provided you meet the requirements, we shall do all we can to get you setup on the service and get a big new playerbase.

UDK is Unreal Engine 3 – the complete professional development framework. UDK contains all the tools you need to create amazing games, lifelike scenes and fantastic worlds. So if you are a developer currently exploring the power and potential of UDK, we have a special competition just for you. Thanks to Epic Games the makers of the UDK game engine, the top UDK game as decided by the Players Choice and Editors Votes will win:

  • A flight to the Epic offices in Cary, NC to meet the developers behind UDK and Epic's games
  • A maximum of 5 developers from the winning team will be flown in for 1 day/1 night
  • Visit will entail studio tour and presentation of their project in "The Arena" (A large open area in the Epic offices)

Design3 is the ultimate destination for game developers from beginners to pros boasting tons of tutorials for you to stream as you learn the in's and out's of game development. Their collection of Source and Unity engine tutorials cannot be beaten, and the winning team in each Players and Editors choice category will be receiving:

  • A VIP membership which provides lifetime access to
  • VIP access cannot be brought so this prize is exclusive and to be shared entirely by the winning team to stream all the tutorials they want
  • Alternately if you want to split the membership up the great guys at have told us this is possible