Third-Annual SXSW Gaming Awards Winners Circle

This past weekend wrapped up the Third-Annual SXSW Gaming Awards in Austin, TX. A total of 21 awards were presented on March 19, 2016 with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt receiving the highest honor: Game of the Year.

Many of the past year’s most popular titles like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Her Story, and Bloodborne all walked away with high honors. There were also a few surprise upsets before the night was over.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Video Game of the Year: Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

WINNERThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt /CD Projekt RED

Mobile Game of the Year: Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.
WINNERHer Story – Sam Barlow

Table Top Game of the Year: Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.
WINNERPandemic Legacy – Z-Man Games

Excellence in Gameplay: Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.
WINNERMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Konami

Excellence in Art: Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.
WINNERBloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment /FromSoftware

Excellence in Animation: Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.
WINNER: Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix /Crystal Dynamics

Excellence in Technical Achievement: Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.
WINNERThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt /CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Visual Achievement: Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.
WINNERThe Order: 1886 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready at Dawn

Excellence in Narrative: Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.
WINNERThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt /CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Design: Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.
WINNERBloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware

Excellence in SFX: Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.
WINNERStar Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

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Excellence in Musical Score: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.
WINNEROri and the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios

Excellence in Multiplayer: Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.
WINNERRocket League – Psyonix

Excellence in Convergence: Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.
WINNERBatman: Arkham Knight – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios

Most Enduring Character: Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.
WINNER: Lara Croft, Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix /Crystal Dynamics

Most Valuable Esports Team: Awarded to the professional team that excels in performance and provides the most valuable impact in its competitive scene.
WINNEREvil Geniuses

Most Entertaining Online Personality: Awarded to the online gaming-related personality that consistently entertains and keeps us watching with their humor, stories, special effects, and more.
WINNER: Greg Miller – Kinda Funny

Most Promising New Intellectual Property: Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.
WINNERSplatoon – Nintendo
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Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game: Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.
WINNERUndertale – Toby Fox

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award: Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.
WINNERUndertale – Toby Fox

Gamer’s Voice Award: Awarded to the best games created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming attendees.
WINNER MULTIPLAYER: Gang Beasts – Bone Loaf
WINNER SINGLE PLAYER: SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.

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