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Overwatch wins Game of the Year at the annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

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Game Developers Choice Awards 2017

Overwatch wins Game of the Year at the annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

The ceremony – held as part of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco – saw attendees celebrate the technological and artistic achievements of the year’s best video games.

Blizzard’s Overwatch won the coveted Game of the Year award, as well as picking up the award for Best Design. Other winners included Pokémon Go for Best Mobile/Handheld Game, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for Best Technology.

Playdead’s Inside also did well, receiving the awards for Best Visual Art and Best Audio. The inaugural award for Best VR/AR Game was presented to Owlchemy Labs for Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives.

Elsewhere, Campo Santo picked up two awards for the stunning Firewatch, winning Best Debut and Best Narrative. Hello Games’ divisive space adventure, No Man’s Sky, was also acknowledged, taking home the Innovation Award.

GDC Awards – Winners and Nominees

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)

Best Audio

  • Battlefield 1 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Debut

  • Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
  • Drool (Thumper)
  • Night School Studio (Oxenfree)

Best Design

  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • DOOM (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)

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)

Innovation Award

  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ambassador Award

  • Mark Deloura

Pioneer Award

  • Jordan Mechner

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Tim Sweeney

Audience Award

  • Battlefield 1

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