Nominees for 6th Annual SXSW Gaming Awards

February 11, 2019 (AUSTIN, TX) Finalists have been announced for the 6th Annual SXSW Gaming Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony held during SXSW Gaming on March 16 at 7pm CST in the Hilton Austin Downtown.

Out of the 21 categories with considerations, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Red Dead Redemption 2 all carry eight (8) nominations. The next game with the most nominations is Celeste with five (5).

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Excellence in SFX

Battlefield V – EA DICE / Electronic Arts
Forza Horizon 4 – Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Art

GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Return of the Obra Dinn – 3909 LLC
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Animation

Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Gameplay

Beat Saber – Beat Games
Dead Cells – Motion Twin
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Astro Bot Rescue Mission – ASOBI / SIE
Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Multiplayer

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Bungie
Fortnite – Epic Games
Monster Hunter: World – Capcom
Overcooked 2 – Ghost Town Games / Team17
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Narrative

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
Florence – Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft Québec / Ubisoft
Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Convergence

Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 – Electronic Arts
Jurassic World Evolution – Frontier Developments
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Star Trek Fleet Command – DIGIT Game Studio / Scopely

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

11-11: Memories Retold – Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Monster Prom – Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit – Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – Johnnemann Nordhagen / Good Shepherd Entertainment

Excellence in Musical Score

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Design

Donut County – Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Into the Breach – Subset Games
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Return of the Obra Dinn – 3909 LLC

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Ashen – A44 / Annapurna Interactive
Beat Saber – Beat Games
Dead Cells – Motion Twin
GRIS – Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler – Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo

Most Evolved Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Bungie
Fortnite – Epic Games
No Man’s Sky NEXT – Hello Games
Overwatch – Blizzard
Pokémon Go – Niantic / The Pokémon Company

Most Promising New Esports Game

NBA 2K19 – NBA 2K League
Dragon Ball FighterZ – Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
Fortnite – Epic Games
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game – CD Projekt Red / CD Projekt
SOULCALIBUR VI – BANDAI NAMCO Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

CrossCode – Radical Fish Games / Deck13 Interactive GmbH
Monster Prom – Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
Moonlighter – Digital Sun / 11 bit studios
Root – Leder Games
Wandersong – Greg Lobanov / Humble Bundle

Trending Game of the Year

Beat Saber – Beat Games
Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Monster Hunter: World – Capcom
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games

VR Game of the Year

Astro Bot Rescue Mission – ASOBI / SIE
Beat Saber – Beat Games
Moss – Polyarc Games
Sprint Vector – Survios, Inc.
Tetris Effect – Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Tabletop Game of the Year

Brass: Birmingham – Roxley Game Laboratory
Everdell – Starling Games
Keyforge: Call of the Archons – Fantasy Flight Games
Root – Leder Games
Western Legends – Kolossal Games

Mobile Game of the Year

Alto’s Odyssey – Team Alto
Donut County – Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
Florence – Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
Fortnite – Epic Games
Marvel Strike Force – FoxNext Games LA / FoxNext

Video Game of the Year

Celeste – Matt Makes Games
God of War – Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

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