Announcing the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

SXSW Gaming Conference and Festival has announced the winners for the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces. The winners in 23 different categories, were revealed during the fourth annual Gaming Awards ceremony, which was hosted by WWE® Superstar Xavier Woods® and popular gaming broadcaster OMGitsfirefoxx.

Award winner highlights include Game of the Year winner Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog); Mobile Game of the Year winner Pokémon GO (Niantic); Esports Game of the Year winner Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment); Tabletop Game of the Year winner Arkham Horror: The Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games); Trending Game of the Year winner Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment); and Fan Creation of the Year winner Brutal Doom 64 (Sergeant_Mark_IV).

Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and select staff, consisting of more than 40 industry experts well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. 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 unveiled and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony.

2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

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

The SXSW Gaming Conference & Festival is a unique combination of geek and gaming culture featuring Expos, Awards, and Programming over three days. For the full list of 2017 SXSW Gaming Award winners, visit gaming.sxsw.com/awards.

Congrats to all the winners!

Photo by Dave Pedley/Getty Images

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