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

About

 

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, this program is a great opportunity to receive world-class recognition for your gaming projects.

Categories

 

The 2020 SXSW Gaming Awards feature 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.

2020 Awards Categories:

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.
Tabletop Game of the Year:
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.
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.
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.
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.
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 Promising New Esports Game:
Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or the potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.
Most Evolved Game:
Awarded to the game that was enhanced with the best additional content after its original release.
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 animations.
Excellence in Convergence:
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.
Excellence in Design:
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.
Excellence in Gameplay:
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.
Excellence in Multiplayer:
Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.
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 Narrative:
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.
Excellence in SFX:
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.
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.

The complete list of award winners can be found here!

Entry & Judging Process

 

Gaming Awards

The awards will be open for all entries from Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 6. All entries must have been completed titles that had been released during the 2019 calendar year. Any other entries were not taken into consideration.

Judging is a two-step process once all entries are 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. Once the final nominees are chosen for each category, the general public is 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 2020.

Gamer’s Voice

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are open for all entries from Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 6. 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 2019 or 2020 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, receive 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 2020.

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