SXSW 2017 Gaming Award Winners

The 2017 South by Southwest Gaming Awards have been released, and the winners are listed below or available here.

Uncharted 4 took the “Video Game of the Year” and “Most Memorable Character”. Doom and Battlefield 1 took several awards, including “Excellence in Musical Score” and “Excellence in Gameplay” (Doom) and “Excellence in SFX” and “Excellence in Technical Achievement” (Battlefield 1).

Other noteworthy awards include “”Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award” (That Dragon, Cancer), which awards games that challenges that  “best challenges the ‘norm’ of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay” (source). You can find more information about the criteria behind the awards here.

The awards were presented on March 18, 2017 at the Hilton Grand Ballroom in Austin, Texas. The awards were sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces; they were hosted by WWE performer Xavier Woods and Twitch streamer OMGitsfirefoxx.

The Winners

All winners are available at the official SXSW Gaming site.

Video Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in SFX
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Musical Score
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Visual Achievement
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Animation
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Art
Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo

Excellence in Convergence
Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games

Excellence in Multiplayer
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Memorable Character
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake

Most Promising New Intellectual Property
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
Starbound – Chucklefish Games

Excellence in Gameplay
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Design
Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

Excellence in Narrative
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer
Arena Gods – Supertype

Gamer’s Voice Single Player
Owlboy – D-pad Studio

Fan Creation of the Year
Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV

Trending Game of the Year
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Esports Game of the Year
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Tabletop Game of the Year
Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games

Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon GO – Niantic

Video Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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