Winners and Nominees

Although hundreds of phenomenal things happen every year in the gaming industry, you’ll only find the best of the best at SXSW Gaming. Learn more about these awesome video games, tabletop games, teams, and personalities from the 2016 SXSW season.


Winners and Nominees

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About Winners and Nominees

 

The SXSW Gaming Awards receives hundreds of entries for the best games, projects, teams, and personalities from across the gaming industry. From these, we face the difficult process of selecting which of these amazing entries will be recognized as a SXSW Gaming Award nominee in March.

As the SXSW Gaming Awards season unfolds, stay tuned to this page for more information on the incredible nominees coming your way in 2017! Browse 2016 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners here.

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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.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Mobile Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.
Her Story – Sam Barlow

Tabletop Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.
Pandemic Legacy – Z-Man Games

Excellence in Gameplay
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Konami

Excellence in Art
Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.
Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware

Excellence in Animation
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Visual Achievement
Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.
The Order: 1886 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready at Dawn

Excellence in Narrative
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Design
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.
Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware

Excellence in SFX
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.
Star Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

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.
Ori and the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios

Excellence in Multiplayer
Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.
Rocket League – Psyonix

Excellence in Convergence
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.
Batman: Arkham Knight – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios

Most Enduring Character
Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.
Lara Croft, Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics

Most Valuable Esports Team
Awarded to the professional team that excels in performance and provides the most valuable impact in its competitive scene.
Evil Geniuses

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.
Kinda Funny – Greg Miller

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.
Splatoon – Nintendo

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game
Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.
Undertale – Toby Fox

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.
Undertale – Toby Fox

Gamer’s Voice Award
Awarded to the best games created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming attendees.

Multiplayer: Gang Beasts – Bone Loaf
Single Player: SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.

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