2016 Game Awards

‘Overwatch’ Wins Game of the Year At The 2016 Game Awards

Overwatch, Blizzard’s critically-acclaimed hero-based first-person shooter, was handed top honors at this year’s Game Awards earlier this evening, taking home the Game of the Year award. It beat out other nominees Doom, Inside, Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, with eligible titles having to have been released between November 24 of last year and November 24 of this year.

“While we’ve been very happy with how the game has been received, we’re also extremely proud that this game and the world that we’re building has a message and it’s a message about heroism,” said Blizzard’s Ray Gresko while accepting the award. “It’s a message about diversity. It’s a message about a bright and positive and hopeful future. And these are all things that we really believe everyone needs a little bit of right now.”

Out of the five nominees put up by the Game Awards, I personally would have given the nod to Uncharted 4, but Overwatch is a fantastic choice as well. I’ve logged more hours into that one than perhaps any other game this year and I’m sure many other gamers can say the same.

The Game Awards’ other winners were:

  • Best Mobile and Handheld Game: Pokemon GO
  • Best Family Game: Pokemon GO
  • Games For Impact Award: That Dragon Cancer
  • Best Independent Game: Inside
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Overwatch
  • Best Esports Game: Overwatch
  • Best Action-Adventure Game: Dishonored 2
  • Best Action Game: Doom
  • Best VR Game: Rez Infinite
  • Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter V
  • Best RPG: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood & Wine
  • Best Strategy Game: Civilization VI
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Horizon 3
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