Gaming Awards

The SXSW Gaming Awards recognizes the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. Since its premiere in 2014, the show has exploded in attendance to become a must-see stop for thousands of attendees during the SXSW Conference and Festivals.


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In addition to highlighting the best that the gaming industry has to offer, the SXSW Gaming Awards also provide great entertainment with a star-studded lineup of hosts and performances. Previous hosts and guests include Xavier Woods, OMGitsfirefoxx, Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, Starbomb, Cirque du Soleil, and many more.

Announcing the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

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Entry & Judging Process

 

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Judging begins in a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there is a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff select the top five choices in each award category. The advisory board for SXSW Gaming is comprised of over 40 industry experts who are well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once the final nominees have been chosen for each category, we invite the general public, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award.

Entry applications will open September 12, 2017.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice category shares the same entry and selection periods as all the other categories, but it is unique in that it is purely focused on indie developers and teams with titles released in the 2017 or 2018 calendar years.

The nominees for the Gamer’s Voice award, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming Staff that play every entry, will receive an exclusive space on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor to exhibit their nominated title. From there, Gaming Expo attendees will have the chance to play each nominated title and vote to determine the winner of the award, which will be announced during the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW 2018.

Entry applications will open September 12, 2017.

2017 Gaming Awards Nominees

 

Video Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

• Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
• DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
• Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Mobile Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

• Clash Royale – Supercell
WINNER: Pokémon GO – Niantic
• Pokémon Sun and Moon – The Pokémon Company / Game Freak
• Reigns – Devolver Digital / Nerial
• Severed – DrinkBox Studios

Tabletop Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

WINNER: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games
• Captain Sonar – Matagot
• Inis – Matagot
• Mechs vs Minions – Riot Games
• The Others – CMON Inc.

Esports Game of the Year

Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

• Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Activision / Infinity Ward
• Gears of War 4 – Microsoft Studios / The Coalition
• Killer Instinct: Season 3 – Microsoft Studios / Iron Galaxy Studios
WINNER: Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• Street Fighter V – Capcom

Trending Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

• Dead by Daylight – Starbreeze Studios / Behaviour Digital Inc.
• Job Simulator – Owlchemy Labs
WINNER: Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
• Who’s Your Daddy – Evil Tortilla Games

Fan Creation of the Year

Awarded to the most compelling fan-made piece of work across all games and platforms. This includes, but isn’t limited to, artwork, writing, videography, special effects, and more.

WINNER: Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV
• Enderal – The Shards of Order – SureAI Team
• Fallout 1.5: Resurrection – Resurrection Team
• Fallout: Revelation – MechanicalCakeTV
• Jack – A Stanley Parable Short Film – Vesio Productions

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.

• 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – INK Stories
• Fragments of Him – Sassybot
• Orwell – Surprise Attack / Osmotic Studios
• Quadrilateral Cowboy – Blendo Games
WINNER: That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

• Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
• The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
• Oxenfree – Night School Studio
• That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

WINNER: Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
• INSIDE – Playdead
• Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
• The Witness – Thekla, Inc.

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

• Dark Souls III – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment / FromSoftware, Inc.
• Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
WINNER: DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
• Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
• I Expect You To Die – Schell Games

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

• Darkest Dungeon – Red Hook Studios
• Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
WINNER: Starbound – Chucklefish Games
• SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
• That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

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.

• Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
WINNER: Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• Stardew Valley – Chucklefish Games / ConcernedApe
• SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
• Tom Clancy’s The Division – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Massive

Most Memorable Character

Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.

• Firewatch – Henry & Delilah
• The Last Guardian – Trico
• Overwatch – Tracer
• Titanfall 2 – BT-7274
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake

Excellence in Multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

• Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
• Gears of War 4 – Microsoft Studios / The Coalition
WINNER: Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• SpeedRunners – tinyBuild / DoubleDutch Games
• Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment

Excellence in Convergence

Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

• Batman: Arkham VR – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
WINNER: Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games
• FIFA 17 – EA Sports / EA Canada
• NBA 2K17 – 2K Sports / Visual Concepts
• Total War: WARHAMMER – SEGA / Creative Assembly

Excellence in Art

Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

• ABZÛ – 505 Games / Giant Squid
WINNER: Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
• INSIDE – Playdead
• Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• The Witness – Thekla, Inc.

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

• DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
• INSIDE – Playdead
• The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
• Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

• Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
• DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
• Final Fantasy XV – Square Enix
• Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

WINNER: Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
• No Man’s Sky – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Hello Games
• Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
• Pokémon GO – Niantic
• Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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.

WINNER: DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
• Final Fantasy XV – Square Enix
• Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
• The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
• Thumper – Drool

Excellence in SFX

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

WINNER: Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
• Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
• INSIDE – Playdead
• Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
• Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Gamer’s Voice Award

Awarded to the best game created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Single Player

• Ape Out – Gabe Cuzzillo
• Asura – Ogre Head Studio
• Bootleg Systems – NEONABLE
• CHKN – Katapult
• Circles – Illusive Games
• Code 7 – Episode 0: Allocation – Goodwolf Studio
• Cryptark – Alientrap
• Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor – Sundae Month
• Event [0] – Ocelot Society
• Far From Noise – George Batchelor
• Haimrik – Below the Game
• Hollow Knight – Team Cherry
• Katana Zero – Askiisoft
• MachiaVillain – Wild Factor
• Mages of Mystralia – Borealys Games
• Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall
• No Truce With The Furies – ZAUM STUDIO OÜ
• Obduction – Cyan
WINNER: Owlboy – D-Pad Studio
• Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Mimimi Productions
• She Remembered Caterpillars – jumpsuit entertainment
• Sundered – Thunder Lotus Games
• The Hex – Daniel Mullins Games
• The Metronomicon – Puuba
• The Pedestrian – Skookum Arts
• The Shrouded Isle – Kitfox Games
• Tumbleseed – AEIOWU
• Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – Dim Bulb Games

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer

• Akuto: Mad World – Hut 90
• Antihero – Tim Conkling
WINNER: ARENA GODS – Supertype
• Beasts of Balance – Sensible Object
• Flat Heroes – Parallel Circles
• Friday Night Bullet Arena – Red Nexus Games
• Human: Fall Flat – No Brakes Games
• Invisigun Heroes – Sombr Studio
• Overcooked – Ghost Town Games
• Schlicht – Team Schlicht
• Red Rope: Don’t Fall Behind – Yonder
• Saltlands – Antler Games
• Sky Noon – Lunar Rooster
• Strikers Edge – Fun Punch Games
• Tooth and Tail – Pocketwatch Games
• Vast: The Crystal Caverns – Leder Games

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