Awarded to the “game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres”, Uncharted 4 beat out the following games to take home the prize:
- Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
- DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
- Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
- Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment
Other winners from the event were:
- Mobile Game of the Year: Pokémon GO – Niantic
- Esports Game of the Year: Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
- Tabletop Game of the Year: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games
The following is taken directly from the SXSW website:
Judging is a two-step process once all entries have been received. First, there was a private judging process for all entered titles in which the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and staff selected the top five choices in each award category. The advisory board for SXSW Gaming is comprised of over 40 industry experts who are well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once the final nominees are chosen for each category, we invite the general public, along with the advisory board and staff, to cast their final votes to determine the winner of each award.
The Gamer’s Voice category shares the same entry and selection periods as all the other categories, but it is unique in that it is purely focused on indie developers and teams with titles released in the 2016 or 2017 calendar years.
The nominees for the Gamer’s Voice award, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming Staff that play every entry, receive an exclusive space on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor to exhibit their nominated title. From there, Gaming Expo attendees will have the chance to play each nominated title and vote to determine the winner of the award, which will be announced during the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW 2017.
For the full list of 2017 SXSW Gaming Award nominees, visit the SXSW website.
Image source: Uncharted Official Page