Confirmed Categories for the 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards

Next year’s 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards will be broken down into 25 categories. During this new season, we’ll see the return of the Gamer’s Voice Awards; four award categories that exclusively include indie games and are decided on by attendees voting at the SXSW Gaming Expo. Here is the full list of planned categories with detailed descriptions provided by the awarding body:

Excellence in SFX

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Exellence in Musical Score

Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Excellence in Art

Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Excellence in Convergence

Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Excellence in Multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

Most Promising New Esports Game

Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Most Evolved Game

Awarded to the game that was enhanced with the best additional content after its original release.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

Trending Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

VR Game of the Year

Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Tabletop Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

Mobile Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

Video Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

Gamer’s Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards are awarded to the top fan-favorite indie games found in the Indie Corner, as chosen by Gaming Expo attendees.

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