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.

Gaming Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 16 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Hilton Austin, 6th Floor, Salon H

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SXSW Gaming 2019 takes place in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17.

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.

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2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Nominees

 

The 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards will host 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.

Excellence in SFX

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

Battlefield V – EA DICE / Electronic Arts
Forza Horizon 4 – Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
WINNER: Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Art

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

GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
WINNER: Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Return of the Obra Dinn – 3909 LLC
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
WINNER: Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Beat Saber – Beat Games
Dead Cells – Motion Twin
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
WINNER: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Technical Achievement

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

Astro Bot Rescue Mission – ASOBI / SIE
Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
WINNER: Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Multiplayer

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

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Bungie
WINNER: Fortnite – Epic Games
Monster Hunter: World – Capcom
Overcooked 2 – Ghost Town Games / Team17
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
WINNER: Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
Florence – Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE

Excellence in Visual Achievement

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

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft Québec / Ubisoft
Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
WINNER: God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Convergence

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

Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 – Electronic Arts
Jurassic World Evolution – Frontier Developments
WINNER: Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Star Trek Fleet Command – DIGIT Game Studio / Scopely

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.

11-11: Memories Retold – Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
WINNER: Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Monster Prom – Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit – Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – Johnnemann Nordhagen / Good Shepherd Entertainment

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.

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
WINNER: Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Design

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

Donut County – Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
WINNER: God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Into the Breach – Subset Games
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Return of the Obra Dinn – 3909 LLC

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.

Ashen – A44 / Annapurna Interactive
WINNER: Beat Saber – Beat Games
Dead Cells – Motion Twin
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo

Most Evolved Game

Awarded to the game that was enhanced with the best additional content after its original release.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Bungie
Fortnite – Epic Games
WINNER: No Man’s Sky NEXT – Hello Games
Overwatch – Blizzard
Pokémon Go – Niantic / The Pokémon Company

Most Promising New Esports Game

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

NBA 2K19 – NBA 2K League
Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
WINNER: Fortnite – Epic Games
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game – CD Projekt Red / CD Projekt
SOULCALIBUR VI – BANDAI NAMCO Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

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.

WINNER: CrossCode – Radical Fish Games / Deck13 Interactive GmbH
Monster Prom – Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
Moonlighter – Digital Sun / 11 bit studios
Root – Leder Games
Wandersong – Greg Lobanov / Humble Bundle

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.

Beat Saber – Beat Games
Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Monster Hunter: World – Capcom
WINNER: Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

VR Game of the Year

Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Astro Bot Rescue Mission – ASOBI / SIE
WINNER: Beat Saber – Beat Games
Moss – Polyarc Games
Sprint Vector – Survios, Inc.
Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Tabletop Game of the Year

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

Brass: Birmingham – Roxley Game Laboratory
Everdell – Starling Games
Keyforge: Call of the Archons – Fantasy Flight Games
WINNER: Root – Leder Games
Western Legends – Kolossal Games

Mobile Game of the Year

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

Alto’s Odyssey – Team Alto
WINNER: Donut County – Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
Florence – Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
Fortnite – Epic Games
Marvel Strike Force – FoxNext Games LA / FoxNext

Video Game of the Year

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

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
WINNER: God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

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.

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