The SXSW Gaming Conference and Festivals was held at the Austin Convention Center March 16–18, 2017. Those without a SXSW badge could purchase a gaming wristband for $49. The expo allowed access to exhibitors, game developers, Esports Tournament Stage, tabletop gaming, open play areas, and an arcade area featuring many classic arcades.

At the end of the weekend, the 4th annual SXSW Gaming Awards was held. The event was sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces, and hosted by WWE star Xavier Woods and Twitch streamer OMGitsfirefoxx.

 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners 

Excellence in SFX
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Musical Score
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Visual Achievement
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Animation
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Art
Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo

Excellence in Convergence
Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games

Excellence in Multiplayer
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Memorable Character
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake

Most Promising New Intellectual Property
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
Starbound – Chucklefish Games

Excellence in Gameplay
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Design
Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

Excellence in Narrative
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer
Arena Gods – Supertype

Gamer’s Voice Single Player
Owlboy – D-pad Studio

Fan Creation of the Year
Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV

Trending Game of the Year
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Esports Game of the Year
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Tabletop Game of the Year
Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games

Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon GO – Niantic

Video Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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