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UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END WINS 9 NAVGTR AWARDS;
OVERWATCH TAKES GAME OF THE YEAR

San Francisco, CA (March 20, 2017) / NAVGTR CORP. – The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of 1,195 media voters and 7,789 subscribers, has announced winners for its 16th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology, and production.

The biggest winner is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with 9 awards. The record is held by The Last of Us with fifteen from three years ago. DOOM was the second biggest winner with 6 awards. Overwatch won four. Firewatch won three, as did The Last Guardian.

By developer, Naughty Dog won nine. id Software won six, and Blizzard won four. Campo Santo (Firewatch), SIE Japan Studio, Square Enix, and Ubisoft (Massive, Montreal) studios won three awards each. EA won two awards.

By publisher, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) won twelve awards. Bethesda Softworks won seven, and Blizzard Entertainment won four. Winning three were 2K (Games, Sports), Panic (Firewatch), Square Enix, and Ubisoft. Winning two were EA, Microsoft Studios, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Fifty-eight of sixty competitive categories were awarded recognizing achievement in animation, art direction, character design, controls, game design, game engineering, musical score, sound effects, writing, and more as seen at http://navgtr.org. Two categories received no nominations.

This year’s Honorary Award recipient is Mark Barlet, for expanding accessibility to games through the Able Gamers charity organization.

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GAME OF THE YEAR
Dark Souls III
Inside
Overwatch – WINNER
Pokemon Go
Stardew Valley
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ANIMATION, ARTISTIC
Abzu
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
Inside
The Last Guardian – WINNER

ANIMATION, TECHNICAL
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

ART DIRECTION, PERIOD INFLUENCE
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
The Banner Saga 2
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – WINNER

ART DIRECTION, FANTASY
Darkest Dungeon
Final Fantasy XV
The Last Guardian – WINNER
Owlboy
Titanfall 2

ART DIRECTION, CONTEMPORARY
DOOM – WINNER
Forza Horizon 3
Inside
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CAMERA DIRECTION IN A GAME ENGINE
Chronos
Dishonored 2
Final Fantasy XV
Inside – WINNER
Republique

CHARACTER DESIGN
Dishonored 2
DOOM
The Last Guardian
Overwatch – WINNER
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CONTROL DESIGN, 2D OR LIMITED 3D
Headlander
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – WINNER
Severed
Unravel

CONTROL DESIGN, 3D
Abzu
Dishonored 2
DOOM – WINNER
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

CONTROL DESIGN, VR
Eagle Flight
Eve: Valkyrie
House of the Dying Sun
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
Superhot VR – WINNER

CONTROL PRECISION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM – WINNER
Forza Horizon 3
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

COSTUME DESIGN
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2 – WINNER
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

DIRECTION IN A GAME CINEMA
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

DIRECTION IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft
Batman: Arkham VR – WINNER
Edge of Nowhere
Here They Lie
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

GAME DESIGN, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Inside
The Last Guardian – WINNER
Overwatch
Republique

GAME DESIGN, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM – WINNER
Forza Horizon 3
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
XCOM 2

GAME ENGINEERING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Pokemon Go
Stellaris
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
Battlefield 1
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

INNOVATION IN GAME TECHNOLOGY
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
DOOM
Eagle Flight
HTC Vive – WINNER
No Man’s Sky

LIGHTING/TEXTURING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Quantum Break
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, NEW IP
Furi – WINNER
Hyper Light Drifter
Overcooked
Overwatch
Stardew Valley

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, FRANCHISE
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – WINNER
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Ratchet & Clank

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, NEW IP
Tom Clancy’s The Division – WINNER
The Last Guardian
Severed
Stellaris
Virginia

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, FRANCHISE
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER
Watch Dogs 2

PERFORMANCE IN A SPORTS GAME
FIFA 17 – Adetomiwa Edun as “Alex Hunter”
NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young” – WINNER
WWE 2K17 – Michael Cole as “Himself”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, LEAD
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Christopher Lloyd as “King Graham” –
WINNER
Ratchet & Clank – James Arnold Taylor as “Ratchet”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, SUPPORTING
Ratchet & Clank – Jim Ward as “Qwark”
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Wallace Shawn as “Manny”
Lego Marvel’s Avengers – Stan Lee as “Himself” – WINNER
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Harrison Ford as “Han Solo”
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Inori Minase as “Tsubasa”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, LEAD
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Brian Bloom as “Nick Reyes”
Firewatch – Cissy Jones as “Delilah”
Firewatch – Rich Sommer as “Henry” – WINNER
Mafia III – Alex Hernandez as “Lincoln Clay”
Quantum Break – Shawn Ashmore as “Jack Joyce”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, SUPPORTING
Darkest Dungeon – Wayne June as “Narrator”
Final Fantasy XV – Amy Shiels as “Lunafreya”
Quantum Break – Aiden Gillen as “Paul Serene” – WINNER
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Emily Rose as “Elena Fisher”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – MyAnna Buring as “Anna Henrietta”

SONG, ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED
Civilization VI – “Sogno di Volare”
Dishonored 2 – “Gold Dust Woman”
Final Fantasy XV – “Stand By Me” – WINNER
The Flame in the Flood – “What We Leave Behind”

SONG COLLECTION
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dead Rising 4
Dishonored 2
Forza Horizon 3
Mafia III – WINNER

SOUND MIXING IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft – WINNER
The Climb
Edge of Nowhere
The Lab
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

SOUND EDITING IN A GAME CINEMA
Battlefield 1
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

SOUND EFFECTS
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal – WINNER
MLB The Show 16
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

USE OF SOUND, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Tom Clancy’s The Division – WINNER
The Flame in the Flood
Inside
Quantum Break

USE OF SOUND, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Far Cry Primal
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER

WRITING IN A COMEDY
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Headlander
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives – WINNER
King’s Quest – Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

WRITING IN A DRAMA
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Firewatch – WINNER
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAME, CLASSIC REVIVAL
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
DOOM – WINNER
Master of Orion
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

GAME, MUSIC OR PERFORMANCE-BASED
Audioshield
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Thumper – WINNER

GAME, ORIGINAL ACTION
Adr1ft
Hyper Light Drifter
The Lab
Overwatch – WINNER
Republique

GAME, ORIGINAL ADVENTURE
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Edge of Nowhere
Firewatch – WINNER
Here They Lie
The Last Guardian

GAME, ORIGINAL FAMILY
The Flame in the Flood – WINNER
Owlboy
Song of the Deep

GAME, ORIGINAL FIGHTING
no nominations

GAME, ORIGINAL RACING
Radial-G: Racing Revolved – WINNER
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo

GAME, ORIGINAL ROLE PLAYING
Darkest Dungeon – WINNER
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Grand Kingdom
I Am Setsuna
Tyranny

GAME, ORIGINAL SPORTS
no nominations

GAME, FRANCHISE ACTION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM – WINNER
HITMAN
Titanfall 2

GAME, FRANCHISE ADVENTURE
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Salt and Sanctuary
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER
Watch Dogs 2
Zero Time Dilemma

GAME, FRANCHISE FAMILY
Dragon Quest Builders – WINNER
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Pokemon Go
Ratchet & Clank
Super Mario Run

GAME, FRANCHISE FIGHTING
The King of Fighters XIV
Street Fighter V – WINNER
EA Sports UFC 2
WWE 2K17

GAME, FRANCHISE RACING
Dirt Rally
F1 2016
Forza Horizon 3 – WINNER
NASCAR Heat Evolution
Trackmania Turbo

GAME, FRANCHISE ROLE PLAYING
The Banner Saga 2
Bravely Second: End Layer
Dark Souls III
Final Fantasy XV – WINNER
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

GAME, FRANCHISE SPORTS
FIFA 17 – WINNER
Madden NFL 17
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17
NHL 17

GAME, ESPORTS
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Overwatch – WINNER
Rocket League
Street Fighter V

GAME, PUZZLE
Deus Ex Go
Quadrilateral Cowboy
Stephen’s Sausage Roll
The Turing Test
The Witness – WINNER

GAME, SIMULATION
Planet Coaster
Starbound
Stardew Valley – WINNER

GAME, SPECIAL CLASS
Abzu
Overcooked
That Dragon, Cancer – WINNER

GAME, STRATEGY
Civilization VI – WINNER
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
XCOM 2

HONORARY AWARD
Mark Barlet, for expanding accessibility through Able Gamers

Wins by Title
09 Uncharted 4
06 DOOM
04 Overwatch
03 Firewatch
03 The Last Guardian
02 Final Fantasy XV
02 Tom Clancy’s The Division
01 Adr1ft
01 Batman: Arkham VR
01 Civilization VI
01 Darkest Dungeon
01 Dishonored 2
01 Dragon Quest Builders
01 Far Cry Primal
01 FIFA 17
01 Forza Horizon 3
01 Furi
01 HTC Vive
01 Inside
01 Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
01 King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Christopher Lloyd as “King Graham”
01 Lego Marvel’s Avengers – Stan Lee as “Himself”
01 Mafia III
01 Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
01 NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young”
01 Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
01 Quantum Break – Aiden Gillen as “Paul Serene”
01 Radial-G: Racing Revolved
01 Stardew Valley
01 Street Fighter V
01 Superhot VR
01 That Dragon, Cancer
01 The Flame in the Flood
01 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine
01 The Witness
01 Thumper

Wins by Developer
09 Naughty Dog
06 id Software
04 Blizzard Entertainment
03 Campo Santo
03 SIE Japan Studio
03 Square Enix (Business Division 2, 5)
03 Ubisoft (Massive, Montreal)
02 EA (DICE, Canada)
01 Arkane Studios
01 Bandai Namco Entertainment
01 Capcom, AND Dimps
01 CD Projekt RED
01 ConcernedApe
01 Drool
01 Firaxis Games
01 Hangar 13
01 HTC
01 Numinous Games
01 Owlchemy Labs
01 Playdead
01 Playground Games
01 Red Hook Studios
01 Remedy Entertainment
01 Rocksteady Studios
01 Superhot Team
01 Tammeka Games
01 The Game Breakers
01 The Molasses Flood
01 The Odd Gentlemen
01 Thekla, Inc.
01 Three One Zero
01 Traveller’s Tales
01 Visual Concepts

Wins by Publisher
12 Sony Interactive Entertainment
07 Bethesda Softworks
04 Blizzard Entertainment
03 2K (Games, Sports)
03 Panic
03 Square Enix
03 Ubisoft
02 EA (Electronic Arts, EA Sports)
02 Microsoft Studios
02 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
01 505 Games
01 Bandai Namco Entertainment
01 Capcom
01 CD Projekt
01 Chucklefish Games
01 Drool
01 Numinous Games
01 Owlchemy Labs
01 Playdead
01 Red Hook Studios
01 Sierra Entertainment
01 Superhot Team
01 Tammeka Games
01 The Game Bakers
01 The Molasses Flood
01 Thekla, Inc.
01 Valve

Individual Recipients of two awards
Bruce Straley
Fumito Ueda
Jeffrey Kaplan
Marty Stratton
Neil Druckmann
Olly Moss
Peter Sokal
Phil Kovats
Sean Vanaman
TBD (14)

Individual Recipients Presumed Eligible for one award
Adam Doherty
Adam Orth
Aiden Gillen
Arnt Jensen
Billy Ethan Khan
Chris Remo
Christopher Lloyd
Eric Barone
Florence + The Machine
Florence Lapalu
Hajime Tabata
Henry Jackman
Jake Rodkin
James Slavin
Jean-Baptiste Ferder
Jeremy Yates
Jonathan Blow
Jonathan Lane
Jonathan Mayer
Kazuya Niinou
Leandro Amaral
Lucjan Wiecek
Mark Barlet
Mark Shoaf
Masanobu Tanaka
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Yosh
Mohamed Rabia
Ola Strandh
Ralph Fulton
Renaud Galand
Rich Sommer
Scott Hanau
Simon Koudriavtsev
Stan Lee
Takayuki Nakayama
Teagan Morrison
Tyler Thornock
Waylon Brinck

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DISHONORED 2 IS MOST HONORED WITH NAVGTR NOMINATIONS

Austin, TX (February 14, 2017) / NAVGTR CORP. — The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a non-profit media organization, has announced nominations for its 16th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology, and production.

GAME OF THE YEAR
Dark Souls III
Inside
Overwatch
Pokemon Go
Stardew Valley
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ANIMATION, ARTISTIC
Abzu
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
Inside
The Last Guardian

ANIMATION, TECHNICAL
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ART DIRECTION, PERIOD INFLUENCE
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
The Banner Saga 2
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

ART DIRECTION, FANTASY
Darkest Dungeon
Final Fantasy XV
The Last Guardian
Owlboy
Titanfall 2

ART DIRECTION, CONTEMPORARY
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Inside
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CAMERA DIRECTION IN A GAME ENGINE
Chronos
Dishonored 2
Final Fantasy XV
Inside
Republique

CHARACTER DESIGN
Dishonored 2
DOOM
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CONTROL DESIGN, 2D OR LIMITED 3D
Headlander
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Severed
Unravel

CONTROL DESIGN, 3D
Abzu
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

CONTROL DESIGN, VR
Eagle Flight
Eve: Valkyrie
House of the Dying Sun
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
Superhot VR

CONTROL PRECISION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

COSTUME DESIGN
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

DIRECTION IN A GAME CINEMA
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

DIRECTION IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft
Batman: Arkham VR
Edge of Nowhere
Here They Lie
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

GAME DESIGN, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Inside
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Republique

GAME DESIGN, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
XCOM 2

GAME ENGINEERING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Pokemon Go
Stellaris
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
Battlefield 1
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

INNOVATION IN GAME TECHNOLOGY
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
DOOM
Eagle Flight
HTC Vive
No Man’s Sky

LIGHTING/TEXTURING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Quantum Break
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, NEW IP
Furi
Hyper Light Drifter
Overcooked
Overwatch
Stardew Valley

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, FRANCHISE
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Ratchet & Clank

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, NEW IP
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Last Guardian
Severed
Stellaris
Virginia

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, FRANCHISE
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Watch Dogs 2

PERFORMANCE IN A SPORTS GAME
FIFA 17 – Adetomiwa Edun as “Alex Hunter”
NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young”
WWE 2K17 – Michael Cole as “Himself”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, LEAD
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Christopher Lloyd as “King Graham”
Ratchet & Clank – James Arnold Taylor as “Ratchet”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, SUPPORTING
Ratchet & Clank – Jim Ward as “Qwark”
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Wallace Shawn as “Manny”
Lego Marvel’s Avengers – Stan Lee as “Himself”
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Harrison Ford as “Han Solo”
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Inori Minase as “Tsubasa”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, LEAD
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Brian Bloom as “Nick Reyes”
Firewatch – Cissy Jones as “Delilah”
Firewatch – Rich Sommer as “Henry”
Mafia III – Alex Hernandez as “Lincoln Clay”
Quantum Break – Shawn Ashmore as “Jack Joyce”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, SUPPORTING
Darkest Dungeon – Wayne June as “Narrator”
Final Fantasy XV – Amy Shiels as “Lunafreya”
Quantum Break – Aiden Gillen as “Paul Serene”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Emily Rose as “Elena Fisher”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – MyAnna Buring as “Anna Henrietta”

SONG, ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED
Civilization VI – “Sogno di Volare”
Dishonored 2 – “Gold Dust Woman”
Final Fantasy XV – “Stand By Me”
The Flame in the Flood – “What We Leave Behind”

SONG COLLECTION
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dead Rising 4
Dishonored 2
Forza Horizon 3
Mafia III

SOUND MIXING IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft
The Climb
Edge of Nowhere
The Lab
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

SOUND EDITING IN A GAME CINEMA
Battlefield 1
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

SOUND EFFECTS
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
MLB The Show 16
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

USE OF SOUND, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Flame in the Flood
Inside
Quantum Break

USE OF SOUND, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Far Cry Primal
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

WRITING IN A COMEDY
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Headlander
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
King’s Quest – Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

WRITING IN A DRAMA
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Firewatch
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAME, CLASSIC REVIVAL
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
DOOM
Master of Orion
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

GAME, MUSIC OR PERFORMANCE-BASED
Audioshield
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Thumper

GAME, ORIGINAL ACTION
Adr1ft
Hyper Light Drifter
The Lab
Overwatch
Republique

GAME, ORIGINAL ADVENTURE
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Edge of Nowhere
Firewatch
Here They Lie
The Last Guardian

GAME, ORIGINAL FAMILY
The Flame in the Flood
Owlboy
Song of the Deep

GAME, ORIGINAL FIGHTING
no nominations

GAME, ORIGINAL RACING
Radial-G: Racing Revolved
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo

GAME, ORIGINAL ROLE PLAYING
Darkest Dungeon
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Grand Kingdom
I Am Setsuna
Tyranny

GAME, ORIGINAL SPORTS
no nominations

GAME, FRANCHISE ACTION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM
HITMAN
Titanfall 2

GAME, FRANCHISE ADVENTURE
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Salt and Sanctuary
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Watch Dogs 2
Zero Time Dilemma

GAME, FRANCHISE FAMILY
Dragon Quest Builders
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Pokemon Go
Ratchet & Clank
Super Mario Run

GAME, FRANCHISE FIGHTING
The King of Fighters XIV
Street Fighter V
EA Sports UFC 2
WWE 2K17

GAME, FRANCHISE RACING
Dirt Rally
F1 2016
Forza Horizon 3
NASCAR Heat Evolution
Trackmania Turbo

GAME, FRANCHISE ROLE PLAYING
The Banner Saga 2
Bravely Second: End Layer
Dark Souls III
Final Fantasy XV
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

GAME, FRANCHISE SPORTS
FIFA 17
Madden NFL 17
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17
NHL 17

GAME, ESPORTS
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Overwatch
Rocket League
Street Fighter V

GAME, PUZZLE
Deus Ex Go
Quadrilateral Cowboy
Stephen’s Sausage Roll
The Turing Test
The Witness

GAME, SIMULATION
Planet Coaster
Starbound
Stardew Valley

GAME, SPECIAL CLASS
Abzu
Overcooked
That Dragon, Cancer

GAME, STRATEGY
Civilization VI
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
XCOM 2

Nominees were determined by 1,195 press voters in 60 competitive categories. Voters nearly doubled in numbers from last year.

 

The nominees for GAME OF THE YEAR are:

 

Dark Souls III

Inside

Overwatch

Pokemon Go

Stardew Valley

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

 

The leader in nominations (19) is Dishonored 2, followed by Uncharted 4 with 16 nods and DOOM with 13 nods. The Last Guardian received 7 nominations.

 

Racking six nominations each were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Forza Horizon 3, Inside, Overwatch, and Quantum Break.

 

The most nominated games in history (17 or more) are now Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, Heavy Rain, Metroid Prime, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and The Last of Us.

 

Five individuals received three nominations each and are waiting to be certified for the official record:

 

Adam Orth – Adr1ft

Eric Barone – Stardew Valley

Neil Druckmann – Uncharted 4

Phil Kovats – Uncharted 4

Thomas Mitton – Dishonored 2

 

Notable small budget nominees include Owlboy, Hyper Light Drifter, Stardew Valley, Virginia, The Flame in the Flood, and others.

 

Top developers are:

 

19 Arkane Studios

16 Naughty Dog

13 id Software

13 Electronic Arts (EA Canada, DICE, and Tiburon)

12 Ubisoft (Massive, Montreal)

 

Top publishers are:

 

34 Sony Interactive Entertainment

32 Bethesda Softworks

18 Electronic Arts (EA, EA Sports)

15 Microsoft Studios

14 Ubisoft

 

For a complete list of 60 categories and nominees, visit http://navgtr.org/nominees

 

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SXSW Nominations for 2016

Gamers across the world started casting their votes on January 25th, 2017 and there’s one week left to make sure your favorite games and the creators behind them are rewarded at the SXSW Gaming Awards on March 18th in Austin, TX.

Once all the entries were received, the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff selected the top five choices in each award category. The team is comprised of over 40 industry experts who are well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Now all the nominees are online and ready for you to help determine the winner of each award.

Voting Page: http://studios.ign.com/sxswgamingawards/

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

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

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 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.

Excellence in Animation:
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

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

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

Most Memorable Character:
Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.

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

Excellence in Gameplay:
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

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

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

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.

Fan Creation of the Year:
Awarded to the most compelling fan-made piece of work across all games and platforms. This includes, but isn’t limited to, artwork, writing, videography, special effects, and more.

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.

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

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

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

 

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IGF Nominees for 2016

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:
Inside (Playdead)
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games)

Nuovo Award:
Islands: Non-Places (Carlburton LLC)
Close (Tobias Zarges and Moritz Eberl)
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month)
Oiκοςpiel, Book I (David Kanaga)
Everything (David OReilly)
Virginia (Variable State)
Mu Cartographer (Titouan Millet)
Lieve Oma (Florian Veltman)

Excellence in Visual Art:
The Flame in the Flood (The Molasses Flood)
Inside (Playdead)
Virginia (Variable State)
Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
She Remembered Caterpillars (jumpsuit entertainment)

Excellence in Audio:
The Flame in the Flood (The Molasses Flood)
GoNNER (Art in Heart)
Virginia (Variable State)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Everything (David OReilly)
Inside (Playdead)

Excellence in Design:
Imbroglio (Michael Brough)
Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games)
Duskers (Misfits Attic)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

Excellence in Narrative:
Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All Games)
1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories)
Virginia (Variable State)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios)
Event[0] (Ocelot Society)
One Night Stand (Kinmoku)

Best Student Game:
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month)
Lily, Colors of Santa Luz (Lily, Colors of Santa Luz Team)
Un Pas Fragile (PAF team)
FAR: Lone Sails (Mr. Whale’s Game Service / Mixtvision)
Frog Climbers (TeamCrew)
Bamboo Heart (Sokpop Collective)

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GDC Nominations for 2016

The complete list of nominees, including honorable mentions, for the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards is as follows:

BEST AUDIO
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
Thumper (Drool)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Honorable Mentions: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rez Infinite (Monstars / Enhance Games), Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine), Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)

BEST DEBUT
Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
Campo Santo (Firewatch)
ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
Drool (Thumper)
Night School Studio (Oxenfree)
Honorable Mentions: SUPERHOT Team (SUPERHOT), Numinous Games (That Dragon, Cancer), Giant Squid Studios (Abzu), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked), iNK Stories (1979 Revolution: Black Friday)

BEST DESIGN
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
The Witness (Thekla)
Inside (Playdead)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Honorable Mentions: Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dark Souls III (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment), Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic), Hitman (IO Interactive / Square Enix)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Clash Royale (Supercell)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Reigns (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
Pokémon Sun/Moon (Game Freak / The Pokémon Company)
Honorable Mentions: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Severed (DrinkBox Studios), Deus Ex: Go (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix), Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD / Nintendo), Imbroglio (Michael Brough), Swap Sword (AP Thomson and Diego Garcia)

INNOVATION AWARD
The Witness (Thekla)
Inside (Playdead)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Thumper (Drool), Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

BEST NARRATIVE
The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Kentucky Route Zero – Act IV (Cardboard Computer), Mafia III (Hangar 13 / 2K Games)

BEST TECHNOLOGY
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Honorable Mentions: Inside (Playdead), Pokemon Go (Niantic), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla)

BEST VISUAL ART
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Honorable Mentions: The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Abzu (Giant Squid Studios), Thumper (Drool), DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)

BEST VR/AR GAME
Rez Infinite (Monstars / Enhance Games)
Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
Pokémon Go (Niantic)
Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games / Northway Games)
Honorable Mentions: Thumper (Drool), Superhypercube (Kokoromi / Polytron Corporation), Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions), The Lab (Valve)

GAME OF THE YEAR
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Inside (Playdead)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
Honorable Mentions: DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)

Each year, the Game Developers Choice Awards also recognize three individuals with the following Special Awards categories: Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement. The recipients of the special awards will be announced in the near future. The Audience Award category, which will be open to all Choice Award finalists, will open for online voting in late January.

For more information about the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/. To learn more about GDC 2017, follow @Official_GDC or visit: http://www.gdconf.com/

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DICE Nominations for 2016

UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END AND INSIDE LEAD THE NOMINATIONS FOR 20th ANNUAL D.I.C.E. AWARDS
The following is a partial list of nominees; the list of award categories, finalists and game maker credits is available at:
In addition to these finalists, the D.I.C.E. Awards will honor emerging technology with two distinct awards categories titled Immersive Reality Game of the Year and Immersive Reality Technical Achievement. Finalists for these awards will be announced shortly.
Full press release:
https://www.interactive.org/images/press_release/20th-DICE-Awards-Nominees-Hosts-FINAL-1-12-17.pdf
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GANG Nominations for 2016

Richard Savery announced the 2016 GANG nominations on January 31, 2017.

Audio of the Year
Battlefield 1
Gears of War 4
INSIDE
Overwatch
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Music of the Year
ABZU
Battlefield 1
The Last Guardian
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Samorost 3

Sound Design of the Year
Overwatch
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Battlefield 1
INSIDE
MAFIA III

Best Original Soundtrack Album
The Last Guardian
Battlefield 1
Samorost 3
ABZU
Final Fantasy XV OST

Best Music in a Casual/Social Game
Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming
Gordon Ramsay Dash
Realm of Valor
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall

Best Original Instrumental
Realm of Valor
End Titles The Last Guardian Suite from The Last Guardian
Sunborn Rising Main Theme – Feat. Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Valse di Fantastica
ABZU: Delphinus Delphis

Best Original Vocal Song – Pop
I Expect You To Die from I Expect You To Die
BANNER SAGA 2: Our Steps, To the night
Knee Deep – Act 3: Boomtown
Oh Willamette
The Dragon Spirit

Best Original Vocal Song – Choral
Sogno di Volare from Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
ABZU: Then were created the Gods in the midst of heaven
ReCore: Main Theme
Battlefield 1
Elegy – from Rise of Iron

Best Game Music Cover/Remix
If Death is Kind
ICO – You Were There
Fated Children
All the Earth
How Long Have I Been Playing?

Best Interactive Score
INSIDE
Deus Ex: Mankind Dividided
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Overwatch
Fossil Echo
Tethered

Best Handheld Audio
ASURA
Gordon Ramsay Dash
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan
Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes
Dawn of Titans

Best Cinematic Cutscene Audio
Battlefield 1
Overwatch – The Last Bastion
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Best Dialog
Gears of War 4
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Battlefield 1
Overwatch
Quantum Break

Best Game Audio Article, Publication, or Broadcast
Learning VR Audio: VR Audio Resources
The VR Soundscape of Secret Sorcery’s Tethered
Game Audio Industry Survey 2016/Game Audio Gender Gap
Overwatch – The Elusive Goal: Play by Sound
Composing Music For Games: The Art, Technology and Business of Video Game Scoring

Best Audio for an Indie Game
Planet Coaster
Fossil Echo
The Witness
INSIDE
The Banner Saga 2

Best Sound Design in a Casual/Social Game
Planet Coaster
Bejeweled Stars
Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes
Gordon Ramsay Dash
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan

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Top Articles from the Week

Here’s our top picks from the web this week, including our favorite gaming industry stories, interviews and reviews!

DOOM Resurrected [Part 1] – To Hell & Back (DOOM Documentary)
by Danny O’Dwyer (@dannyodwyer)

Steep Review
by Whitney Reynolds (@whitneyarner)

Review: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
by Jed Whitaker (@Jed05)

The Sin of Mainstream Videogames
by Rob Fahey (@robfahey)

Enter your team in the MCV Awards 2017
by Seth Barton (@SethBarton1)

If you have an article that you’d like considered for a future highlight, email us at jandrews@gmail.com.

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The Game Awards 2016 Winners

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Geoff Keighley and crew recently wrapped up The Game Awards program for this year at their live-streamed event held on December 1 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

This year saw Overwatch win the most with 4 awards, including the always-coveted ‘Game of the Year’ slot. Tying with the second most award wins are: Uncharted 4, Inside, Doom, and Pokemon Go, with 2 wins each.

The winners are listed alongside the other nominees as follows (with developer and publisher):

GAME OF THE YEAR:

DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – WINNER
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST GAME DIRECTION:

Blizzard (for Overwatch) – WINNER
DICE (for Battlefield 1)
id Software (for DOOM)
Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
Respawn (for Titanfall 2)

BEST NARRATIVE:

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE) – WINNER

BEST ART DIRECTION:

Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead) – WINNER
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id/Bethesda) – WINNER
Inside (Playdead)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST PERFORMANCE:

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – WINNER
Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAMES FOR IMPACT:

1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games) – WINNER

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME:

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Inside (Playdead) – WINNER
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD:

Clash Royale (Supercell)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
Pokemon Go (Niantic) – WINNER
Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

BEST VR GAME:

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games) – WINNER
Thumper (Drool)

BEST ACTION GAME:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks) – WINNER
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME:

Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) – WINNER
Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST RPG:

Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED) – WINNER
World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
Street Fighter V (Capcom) – WINNER

BEST STRATEGY GAME:

Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K) – WINNER
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)

BEST FAMILY GAME:

Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
Pokemon Go (Niantic) – WINNER
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: Imaginators (Toys for Bob/Activision)

BEST SPORTS/RACING:

FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios) – WINNER
MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – WINNER
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME:

God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) – WINNER

TRENDING GAMER:

AngryJoeShow
Boogie2988 – WINNER
Danny O’Dwyer
JackSepticEye
Lirik

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER:

Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) – WINNER
ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

BEST ESPORTS TEAM:

SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
SK Gaming
ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
Cloud 9 – WINNER

BEST ESPORTS GAME:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
DOTA2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – WINNER
Street Fighter V (Capcom)

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Valve introduces The Steam Awards

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For the first time since the launch of the Steam platform, Valve Corporation is letting their community members decide on the nominees in an awards program they recently announced on their site.

Users can visit any game’s Steam page in order to find a new link allowing them to nominate the title. Valve is rolling out the awards program alongside their current autumn sale, and will continue to accept nominations from the community through November 29.

The eight categories offered are noticeably silly and quite whimsical in title, including:

The “Test of Time” Award
The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” Award
The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award
The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award
The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award
The “Game Within A Game” Award
The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award
The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award
The “We Didn’t Think of Everything” Award

Voters are incentivized to nominate through obtaining badges for their Steam accounts when participating in this year’s vote. Users can receive a badge when they:

– Nominate at least 1 game
– Nominate a game in each category
– Play a game you’ve nominated
– Review (or update your review) for a game you’ve nominated

Check back for updates and announcements on the winners when the results of The Steam Awards go live!

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