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 SXSW Gaming.


Brendan Greene at SXSW Gaming Awards, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Amanda Stronza

Brendan Greene at SXSW Gaming Awards, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Amanda Stronza

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Details

 

The SXSW Gaming Awards present a unique opportunity to be recognized by thousands of gaming fans and industry pros during the SXSW Gaming Festival. Having premiered at SXSW 2014, the Gaming Awards have rapidly grown to receive thousands of applications across all 25 of its unique awards categories, which are dedicated to both AAA and indie gaming.

With categories catering to all major verticals of the gaming industry, including mobile, tabletop, and VR gaming, the Gaming Awards are a great opportunity to receive world-class recognition for your gaming projects.

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Hosts

 

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Show Hosts, Lindsay Jones and Alex Corea.

Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones is an actor based in Austin, TX, and is known for her voice roles in various Rooster Teeth Productions including Ruby in RWBY, Kimball in Red vs. Blue, Space Kid in Camp Camp, and more. She is also one of the main on-camera personalities at Rooster Teeth, appearing in various live-action series and podcasts, and as a cast member of the popular Gaming channel, Achievement Hunter.

Alex Corea

Alex Corea started his comedy career performing stand-up before joining production company Super Creative, where he helped launch and manage its podcast network. Serving as the lead writer, producer, and host of the channel’s flagship show, Alex and his team produced over 300 episodes of The Attack, which in 2017, was licensed in syndication to DisneyXD for its evening programming block called DXP.

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

 

The 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards hosted 25 unique awards categories encompassing all aspects of gaming. Of these, four categories known as the Gamer’s Voice Awards are reserved exclusively for indie developers and teams.

2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

Excellence in SFX: Red Dead Redemption 2
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Excellence in Art: Octopath Traveler
Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Excellence in Animation: Marvel’s Spider-Man
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Excellence in Visual Achievement: God of War
Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Excellence in Technical Achievement: Red Dead Redemption 2
Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

Excellence in Gameplay: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Multiplayer: Fortnite
Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

Excellence in Narrative: Detroit: Become Human
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Excellence in Convergence: Marvel’s Spider-Man
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award: Celeste
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.

Excellence in Musical Score: Tetris Effect
Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Excellence in Design: God of War
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Most Promising New Intellectual Property: Beat Saber
Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Most Evolved Game: No Man’s Sky NEXT
Awarded to the game that was enhanced with the best additional content after its original release.

Most Promising New Esports Game: Fortnite
Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game: CrossCode
Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Gamer’s Voice Tabletop Game: Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down
Awarded to the best indie tabletop game as voted by SXSW Gaming attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Virtual Reality Game: Intruders: Hide & Seek
Awarded to the best indie virtual reality game as voted by SXSW Gaming attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Mobile Game: Pico Tanks: Multiplayer Mayhem
Awarded to the best indie mobile game as voted by SXSW Gaming attendees.

Gamer’s Voice Video Game: Astroneer
Awarded to the best indie video game as voted by SXSW Gaming attendees.

Trending Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption 2
Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

VR Game of the Year: Beat Saber
Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Tabletop Game of the Year: Root
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

Mobile Game of the Year: Donut County
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

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

The complete list of nominees can be found here!

Entry & Judging Process

 

Gaming Awards

The Gaming Awards were open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. All entries must have been completed titles that had been released during the 2018 calendar year. Any other entries were not taken into consideration.

Judging was a two-step process once all entries were received. First, there was a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff selected the top five choices in each award category. Once the final nominees were chosen for each category, the general public was invited, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award. All winners will be revealed during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards were open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. The Gamer’s Voice Awards are unique from the primary Gaming Awards categories as only indie developers and teams with titles released (or slated to be released) in either the 2018 or 2019 calendar years can qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, received an exclusive space in the Indie Corner 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 each award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

Spotlight on SXSW Gaming Awards

Relive the magic of the 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony with hosts Lindsay Jones and Alex Corea!

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