Pokémon GO receives Mobile GOTY Award at SXSW Gaming Show

That's not much of a surprise given the huge success of Pokémon GO

This year’s edition of SXSW Gaming Conference and Festival was fulfilled with lots of great games and announcements, especially for the fans of SEGA, with the upcoming game Sonic Forces. And as usual with all the major gaming events, the SXSW committee organised the “SXSW Gaming Awards 2017”. This competition rewarded 23 development studios and publishers for the excellency of their work and what they’ve brought to the games industry.

This year, Nintendo grabbed only one award, thanks to their partnership with Niantic Labs. That’s right, and it’s no surprise given the overwhelming success it got, Pokémon GO was nominated “Mobile Game of the Year”. While we might wonder why Zelda Breath of the Wild isn’t rewarded once, we just need to remember that the SXSW Gaming Awards 2017 feature only games released during the 2016 calendar year (and not financial year). We however regret to not see other good games from the Wii U and 3DS platforms, but next to hugely successful games like Overwatch or Uncharted 4, it was no match.

Excellence in SFX
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Musical Score
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

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

Excellence in Animation
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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 – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
Starbound – Chucklefish Games

Excellence in Gameplay
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Design
Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

Excellence in Narrative
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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 – Blizzard Entertainment

Esports Game of the Year
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

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 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

 

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