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‘Uncharted 4,’ ‘Overwatch’ win big at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards

Posted March 18th, 2017

The SXSW Gaming Awards capped off three days of gaming’s contribution to the famous festival, with a pair of hosts up to the challenge and some of the biggest games of 2016 taking home multiple awards.

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Sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces, the fourth annual awards show at the Hilton grand ballroom saw “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” win Video Game of the Year, and the hit Blizzard team-based shooter “Overwatch” landing multiple awards, including Trending Game of the Year and Esports Game of the Year. 

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A packed house and a Twitch.TV with over 2,000 live viewers enjoyed an evening of animated shorts, live music, and the witty banter of WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Twitch personality OMGitsfirefoxx, the hosts of the event. 

SXSW / Twitch.tvWWE Superstar Xavier Woods, left, and Twitch personality OMGitsfirefoxx, right, hosting the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards at the Austin Hilton Downtown Grand Ballroom.

Other notable awards include “DOOM” winning the Excellence in Gameplay award, “Pokemon Go” taking Mobile Game of the Year, and “Arkham Horror: The Card Game” earning Tabletop Game of the Year. 

A replay of the event can be found on demand at http://twitch.tv/SXSWGamingAwards and more information on the SXSW Gaming Expo is at http://www.gaming.sxsw.com

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.”

Excellence in Visual Achievement: “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Animation: ”Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.”

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.”

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game: “Starbound,” Chucklefish Games

Excellence in Gameplay: “DOOM.”

Excellence in Design: “Dishonored 2,” Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

Excellence in Narrative: “Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.”

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.”

Esports Game of the Year: ”Overwatch.”

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.”

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