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2020 SXSW Gaming Awards Category Winners detailed

Congratulations to all the winners.

The 2020 SXSW Gaming Awards Category Winners were announced overnight, and we’ve all the big winners for you below.

“Gaming is a key part of the creative ecosystem that brings us together, and now more than ever it provides us with a unique sense of escape and adventure in uncertain times,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer for SXSW.

“We were devastated that we weren’t able to celebrate our honorees in person with the cancellation of our event, but glad that we’re still able to share their achievements and creative works with our community.”

Winners are as follows

Video Game of the Year

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

Winner: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Studio: FromSoftware / Activision

Mobile Game of the Year

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

Winner: Sky: Children of the Light
Studio: thatgamecompany

Tabletop Game of the Year

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

Winner: Paladins of the West Kingdom
Studio: Renegade Game Studios

VR Game of the Year

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

Winner: No Man’s Sky BEYOND VR
Studio: Hello Games

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.

Winner: Pokemon Sword and Shield
Studio: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company, Nintendo

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.

Winner: Disco Elysium
Studio: ZA/UM

Most Promising New IP

Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Winner: The Outer Worlds
Studio: Obsidian Entertainment / Private Division

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Winner: KINGDOM HEARTS III
Studio: Square Enix

Excellence in Art

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

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Studio: Nintendo

Excellence in Design

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

Winner: Control 
Studio: Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Winner: Devil May Cry 5
Studio: Capcom

Excellence in Multiplayer

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

Winner: FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers
Studio: Square Enix

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.

Winner: Death Stranding
Studio: Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Winner: Disco Elysium
Studio: ZA/UM

Excellence in SFX

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

Winner: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Studio: Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts

Excellence in Technical Achievement

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

Winner: Death Stranding
Studio: Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Excellence in Visual Achievement

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

Winner: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Studio: FromSoftware / Activision

Game Industry Champion of Change

This award recognizes an individual who has brought about positive change and broken down barriers for others across the game industry.

Winner: Steven Spohn

Game Industry Journalist of the Year

This award recognizes an individual with the most groundbreaking and influential coverage of the game industry.

Winner: Cecilia D’Anastasio

Congratulations to all the winners — online acceptance speeches can be viewed here.

 

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