With 2016 coming to an end (Thank Goodness…) it is time to acknowledge and reward the games and the developers who make them that stood out this year! Overwatch, DOOM, and Inside were the nights big winners, but Zelda and Kojima soaked in some of the spot light. Kojima started off the show by winning the Industry Icon award, slapping Konami in the face for the way they treated the Legendary designer. Along with a surprise trailer fromKojima, Zelda and Mass Effect both made an appearance (those will be posted later in the day so stay tuned). For the recap of the night’s winners, see below!
GAME OF THE YEAR: OVERWATCH
Overwatch beat out the likes of Uncharted 4, DOOM, Inside, and Titanfall 2 to take home the big award of the night. In addition to the big prize, Overwatch also one for Best Game Direction, Best Multiplayer, and Best eSports Game.
BEST RPG: THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT
This was the only nomination for Witcher, but they beat out some strong contenders for it including World of Warcraft, Deus Ex, and Dark Souls 3.
BEST INDEPENDENT GAME: INSIDE
Inside, from the creators of Limbo, left with best Indie game of 2016. They also won for Best Art Direction and were nominated for Game of the Year!
BEST ACTION GAME: DOOM
DOOM, also nominated for Game of the Year, won Best Music to go with this Best Action Award.
BEST SPORTS/RACING: FORZA HORIZONS 3
The hit Xbox racer set in Australia, won this award over NBA 2K17 and FIFA 17!
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME: DISHONORED 2
Dishonored 2, a late entry of 2016, won in the only category it was nominated.
BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD: POKEMON GO
Probably the least surprising win of the night, Pokemon Go won Best Mobile Game. They also took the award for Best Family Game!
What are your thoughts on the winners and losers? Leave feedback and don’t forget to keep an eye out on the Zelda, Mass Effect, and Death Stranding trailers dropping today!