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Winners of the Game Developers Choice Awards and Independent Games Festival revealed

March 2, 2017 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

Overwatch walks away with the GDCA Game of the Year Award and Quadrilateral Cowboy takes away the IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

The 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards and 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards took place in San Francisco last night and the results are in. Both events took place as a part of GDC 2017. Sure, we’re two months into 2017 but that doesn’t mean the gaming industry has forgotten about 2016.

Overwatch walked away with the Game of the Year award which may not come as a surprise to many. Overwatch also walked away with the Best Design award. As for nominations, Playdead’s Inside lead the foray with six nominations, including the Best Audio, Best Design, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art, and Innovation Award categories.

Overwatch and Firewatch followed closely with five nominations each and Uncharted 4 soon after with four. All four games mentioned above, with the addition of Bethesda’s Dishonored 2, were nominations for the Game of the Year award.

The Seumas McNally Grand Prize is the top prize for the Independent Games Festival. Blendo Games’ Quadrilateral Cowboy walked away with this one. Nominees for the prize included Inside, Stardew Valley, Hyper Light Drifter, Overcooked and Event[0].

Without any further ado, here are the nominees and winners for the Game Developers Choice Awards and IGF 2017.

Game Developers Choice Awards 2017:

Game of the Year: Overwatch

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

Best Audio: Inside

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

Best Design: Overwatch

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Dishonored 2
  • The Witness
  • Inside
  • Doom

Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Pokemon Go

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Super Mario Run
  • Clash Royale
  • Reigns
  • Pokemon Sun/Moon

Innovation Award: No Man’s Sky

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

Best Narrative: Firewatch

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

Best Technology: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Battlefield 1
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Doom

Best Visual Art: Inside

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Firewatch
  • The Last Guardian
  • Overwatch
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best VR/AR Game: Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Rez Infinite
  • Superhot VR
  • Pokemon Go
  • Fantastic Contraption

Audience Award: Battlefield 1

Pioneer Award: Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia creator)

Ambassador Award: Mark DeLoura (formerly of Nintendo, Sony, THQ, and Ubisoft)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Tim Sweeney (Epic Games founder)

 

IGF 2017 Awards:

Best Student Game: Un Pas Fragile

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Lily, Colors of Santa Luz
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Bamboo Heart

Excellence in Audio: GoNNER

Game Developers Choice Awards

 

Nominees:

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Virginia
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Everything
  • Inside

Excellence in Design: Quadrilateral Cowboy

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Imbroglio 
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse 
  • Duskers 
  • Overcooked
  • Event[0]

Excellence in Narrative: Ladykiller in a Bind

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday 
  • Virginia
  • Orwell
  • Event[0]
  • One Night Stand

Excellence in Visual Art: Hyper Light Drifter

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Inside
  • Virginia
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • She Remembered Caterpillars

Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Quadrilateral Cowboy

Game Developers Choice Awards

Nominees:

  • Inside
  • Stardew Valley
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Overcooked

Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.