Tonight, SXSW Gaming announced the winners of the third-annual SXSW Gaming Awards – the punctuation mark to SXSW Gaming – presented by G2A, Curse Inc., Windows Games DX, IGN Entertainment, Twitch, Imaginary Forces and Porter Novelli. The Hilton Austin Downtown hosted the ceremony which was co-emceed by esports icon Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico (@SeltzerPlease) and popular YouTube personality Sean “JackSepticEye” William McLoughlin.
The submission process for all SXSW Gaming Awards categories opened in July 2015 through the official Gaming Awards page and closed in December. Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board, consisting of more than 40 gaming, comic and geek culture industry experts. Once finalists were revealed, the general public, along with the Advisory Board, were invited to cast their vote on IGN.com to help determine the winners in each category, which were revealed and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards Ceremony.
All in all, 21 SXSW Gaming Awards were handed out, so without further ado, here are all the big winners from tonight!
Congratulations to the 2016 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners
Video Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.
Mobile Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.
Table Top Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.
Excellence in Gameplay
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.
Excellence in Art
Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.
Excellence in Animation
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.
Excellence in Technical Achievement
Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.
Excellence in Visual Achievement
Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.
Excellence in Narrative
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.
Excellence in Design
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.
Excellence in SFX
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.
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.
Excellence in Multiplayer
Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.
Excellence in Convergence
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.
Most Enduring Character
Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.
Most Valuable Esports Team
Awarded to the professional team that excels in performance and provides the most valuable impact in its competitive scene.
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.
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.
Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game
Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.
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.
Gamer's Voice Award
Awarded to the best games created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming attendees.