2017 SXSW Gaming Awards: Uncharted 4 Wins Game of the Year

March 20, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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At the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards over the weekend, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End took home a number of awards, including Video Game of the Year and Excellence in Animation. In the GOTY category, it was up against Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Dishonored 2, and DOOM.

You can see the full list of winners and nominees at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards below (winners in bold):

Video Game of the Year

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

  • Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
  • DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Clash Royale – Supercell
  • Pokémon GO – Niantic
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon – The Pokémon Company / Game Freak
  • Reigns – Devolver Digital / Nerial
  • Severed – DrinkBox Studios

Tabletop Game of the Year

  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games
  • Captain Sonar – Matagot
  • Inis – Matagot
  • Mechs vs Minions – Riot Games
  • The Others – CMON Inc.

eSports Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Activision / Infinity Ward
  • Gears of War 4 – Microsoft Studios / The Coalition
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 – Microsoft Studios / Iron Galaxy Studios
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Street Fighter V – Capcom

Trending Game of the Year

  • Dead by Daylight – Starbreeze Studios / Behaviour Digital Inc.
  • Job Simulator – Owlchemy Labs
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
  • Who’s Your Daddy – Evil Tortilla Games

Fan Creation of the Year

  • Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV
  • Enderal – The Shards of Order – SureAI Team
  • Fallout 1.5: Resurrection – Resurrection Team
  • Fallout: Revelation – MechanicalCakeTV
  • Jack – A Stanley Parable Short Film – Vesio Productions

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.

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – INK Stories
  • Fragments of Him – Sassybot
  • Orwell – Surprise Attack / Osmotic Studios
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy – Blendo Games
  • That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Excellence in Narrative

  • Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
  • The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
  • Oxenfree – Night School Studio
  • That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Design

  • Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
  • INSIDE – Playdead
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
  • The Witness – Thekla, Inc.

Excellence in Gameplay

  • Dark Souls III – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment / FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
  • DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
  • I Expect You To Die – Schell Games

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.

  • Darkest Dungeon – Red Hook Studios
  • Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
  • Starbound – Chucklefish Games
  • SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
  • That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

  • Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Stardew Valley – Chucklefish Games / ConcernedApe
  • SUPERHOT – SUPERHOT Team
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Massive

Most Memorable Character

  • Firewatch – Henry & Delilah
  • The Last Guardian – Trico
  • Overwatch – Tracer
  • Titanfall 2 – BT-7274
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake

Excellence in Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • Gears of War 4 – Microsoft Studios / The Coalition
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • SpeedRunners – tinyBuild / DoubleDutch Games
  • Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment

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 VR – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
  • Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games
  • FIFA 17 – EA Sports / EA Canada
  • NBA 2K17 – 2K Sports / Visual Concepts
  • Total War: WARHAMMER – SEGA / Creative Assembly

Excellence in Art

  • ABZÛ – 505 Games / Giant Squid
  • Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
  • INSIDE – Playdead
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • The Witness – Thekla, Inc.

Excellence in Animation

  • DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • INSIDE – Playdead
  • The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Visual Achievement

  • Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Final Fantasy XV – Square Enix
  • Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Technical Achievement

  • Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • No Man’s Sky – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Hello Games
  • Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Pokémon GO – Niantic
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Musical Score

  • DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Final Fantasy XV – Square Enix
  • Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
  • The Last Guardian – Sony Interactive Entertainment / SIE Japan Studio
  • Thumper – Drool

Excellence in SFX

  • Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
  • INSIDE – Playdead
  • Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Gamer’s Voice Single Player

Awarded to the best game created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

  • Owlboy – D-Pad Studio

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer

Awarded to the best game created by indie developers, selected by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

  • ARENA GODS – Supertype

Following the awards show, Naughty Dog said, “Honored to win Game of the Year, Excellence in Narrative, Animation, and Visuals, as well as Memorable Character at the #SXSWGaming Awards!”

[Source: SXSW Gaming Awards (1), (2), Naughty Dog via Game Informer]