The 2016 Game Awards Winners

The 2016 Game Awards Winners

The Game Awards are a wrap, and the winners have been crowned after a night of reveals, announcements, hilarities and oddities. The Witcher 3, Uncharted 4, Overwatch and more had great nights. Have a look at the big winners highlighted in red.

2016 Game Awards Winners

GAME OF THE YEAR
For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST GAME DIRECTION
Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.

  • Blizzard (for Overwatch)
  • DICE (for Battlefield 1)
  • id Software (for DOOM)
  • Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
  • Respawn (for Titanfall 2)

BEST NARRATIVE
For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST ART DIRECTION
For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • DOOM (id/Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)

BEST PERFORMANCE
Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
  • Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
  • Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAMES FOR IMPACT
Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.

  • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
  • Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
  • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
  • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
  • The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD
For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

BEST VR GAME
For the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

  • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
  • EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)

BEST ACTION GAME
For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST RPG
The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

  • Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
  • Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

BEST STRATEGY GAME
Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.

  • Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
  • Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)

BEST FAMILY GAME
Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

BEST SPORTS/RACING
For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

  • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
  • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER
For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

  • God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

TRENDING GAMER
For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016.

  • AngryJoeShow
  • Boogie2988
  • Danny O’Dwyer
  • JackSepticEye
  • Lirik

BEST FAN CREATION
For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content.

  • Project A2MR
  • Pokemon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER
The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.

  • Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
  • Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
  • Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

BEST ESPORTS TEAM
The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game.

  • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
  • Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
  • Cloud 9

BEST ESPORTS GAME
The eSports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

Thanks for watching with us and we’ll be sure to do this again next year!


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13 comments on “The 2016 Game Awards Winners”

  1. Avatar Lelouch465 says:

    Overwatch Game of the Year… really ? So we gonna celebrate a game(not free to play) with microtransactions that give you rng lootboxes that most likely will not give you what you want ? Also best E-Sport ? They picked the ONE game that is really hard to actually watch as best E-Sport ? Too much Blizzard pandering imo. And Inside tries too hard to be weird and serious at the same time. Stardew Valley or Hyper Light Drifter would have been better choices imo.

  2. Avatar Fexelea says:

    The event felt heavy on advertisement and quite limited in its awards and choices. I felt several categories were pointless, and cringed at Phelps calling someone playing Counter Strike "a fellow athlete"

    Also miffed that Dark Souls 3 lost to an expansion, and Uncharted 4 didn’t win. Boo! 😛

    But well I imagine this will grow with time and I enjoyed the Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay.

  3. Jbumi says:

    The only thing that really irked me is that an EXPANSION won RPG of the year. Expansions should be their own category. My condolences to all new, original RPGs released in 2016.

  4. Avatar theotherMittens says:

    I’ve never played any of the games that won awards, except Pokémon Go, so I can’t really criticize the choices too much. I’m still baffled that DS3 wasn’t at least nominated for best Art or Sound/Music.

  5. Avatar Lelouch465 says:
    I’ve never played any of the games that won awards, except Pokémon Go, so I can’t really criticize the choices too much. I’m still baffled that DS3 wasn’t at least nominated for best Art or Sound/Music.

    Me too especially on Sound/Music.

  6. Avatar Emergence says:

    I forgot to include that they bestowed the nobel peace prize to Kojima in recognition of a lifetime of creating stuff like this:

  7. Avatar Agurzil says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1cIOmfBlU

    Zelda BotW looks very promising, even for adults. Difficulty seems on par with early Zelda or Soulsborne titles + open world + fashion legends + weapon diversity + tactical diversity… I’m looking forward to this one.

    2017 spring will be so bad for my studies, Nioh and Zelda will wreck me xD

  8. Avatar Argetlam350 says:

    So to write out my opinion:

    BEST GAME DIRECTION should not be Overwatch(Blizzard). Yes it has neat design but I don’t think it hits all the marks. I would give it too maybe DOOM(Id) or Battlefield 1(DICE), leaning more towards DOOM.

    BEST NARRATIVE I’m fine with Uncharted 4 though I thought that maybe Oxenfree should of slightly gotten it more.

    BEST ART DIRECTION I’m fine with Inside getting that, I’d be fine with Abzu to get it as well.

    BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN I’m fine with DOOM getting that though surprised that Dark Souls wasn’t nominated.

    BEST PERFORMANCE I’m fine with Nolan North winning though was slightly wishing Emily Rose got it slightly more.

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME I’m fine with Inside getting it though I’m disappointed that everyone seem to just forget that Salt and Sanctuary got released this year and was a rather fun 2D Souls-esque game. I just wish it at least got nominated.

    GAMES FOR IMPACT I agree completely with That Dragon, Cancer getting that award.

    BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD … Just really? Pokemon GO? I just don’t have anything else to say about how stupid the choice is to me.

    BEST ACTION GAME I’m okay with DOOM getting that.

    BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME I don’t really think Dishonored 2 should get it, I just don’t find the game as good as its predecessor.

    BEST RPG is just nope, I do not believe that DLC/Expansions should count for a nomination for what should be exclusive for just full games. They want to add an BEST EXPANSION/DLC AWARD then sure fine, put it there.

    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME I don’t think should exist, an award for what is most hyped? Yes because that worked out so well for No Man’s Sky.

    BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME the only award I really would give to Overwatch which brings me to…

    GAME OF THE YEAR… Overwatch does not deserve this at all. It’s a fun game and I enjoy the heck out of it but no way I would give it game of the year. Heck I was watching the show with friends on PSN and we came up with all our own nominees and Overwatch barely got into the five choices for our personal game of the year nominees and we all enjoy the game.

    Overall I found this Video Game Award show nearly as bad as VGX, It started strong with Kojima and Death Stranding, and the touching moment with That Dragon, Cancer winning a award but other then that it was boring. For someone who wants to show more gameplay then CGI trailers, Geoff Keighley seems to not care for the lack of them this show and with tons of advertising another thing he stated in the past he wanted to move away from.

    Also the musical performances besides the DOOM one were just awful.

    There is my two cents.

  9. CakeThiefPro says:

    Can someone just quickly explain how the winners are decided? The decisions on multiple categories seems a bit absurd to me.

  10. Avatar Lelouch465 says:
    So to write out my opinion:

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME I’m fine with Inside getting it though I’m disappointed that everyone seem to just forget that Salt and Sanctuary got released this year and was a rather fun 2D Souls-esque game. I just wish it at least got nominated.

    Totally forgot about Salt and Sanctuary. Yeah atleast a nomination would have been nice. Its a really good souls esque jump and run game.

  11. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:
    Overwatch Game of the Year… really ? So we gonna celebrate a game(not free to play) with microtransactions that give you rng lootboxes that most likely will not give you what you want ? Also best E-Sport ? They picked the ONE game that is really hard to actually watch as best E-Sport ? .

    As far as I’m concerned the presence of microtransations in a paid game (much less the super abusive system Overwatch uses) automatically disqualifies it from recieving any and all awards.

  12. Avatar EldritchImagination says:

    GAME OF THE YEAR
    For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

    Personally, I don’t think this field should exist, because it seems really hard, if not impossible to objectively rate. Of couse it is all opinion which game in any catagory is the best, but with other catagories, there’s a single, more specific standard to be judged, one that all the candidates share. How can anyone say which game is the "absolute best of the year" when video games are extremely different from one another. It’s like saying which is the absolute best vehicle of the year, this car, this RV, this SUV, this motorcycle, this snowmobile, or this semi-truck. Such different types of games cannot be accurately judged to be the best, and it all comes down to what each person wants in their game, and thus is completely personal preference.

    BEST GAME DIRECTION
    Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.
    First, these companies are all being judged for creative vision and direction based on shooter games(all FPSs except for Uncharted 4). Pretty sure there are better candidates.

    But, comparing the given, I’d say Respawn, just for doing what game devs should do with their game sequels, and make them bigger and better. Also, it seems Titanfall 2 has a better balance of singleplayer and multiplayer. DOOM, great singleplayer, mediocore multiplayer. Overwatch, just multiplayer. Can’t say for BF 1, and Uncharted for me was just more of the same gameplay wise.

    BEST NARRATIVE
    For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

    Uncharted 4 for me had the best story of all the games, To me, best this year.

    BEST ART DIRECTION
    For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

    I liked Abzu better.

    BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
    For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

    I just love that Demonic heavy metal, so DOOM for me.

    BEST PERFORMANCE
    Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

    Everyone in Uncharted 4.

    BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD
    For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

    Real gaming is done sitting down, looking a screen for hours at a time! Not about exercising and socializing! Freaking casuals!

    BEST VR GAME
    For the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

    can’t comment, too busy vomiting.

    BEST ACTION GAME
    For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

    Torn between DOOM and Titanfall 2

    BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
    For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

    Ratchet & Clank. Yeah, I’m a fanboy, BUT I JUST LOVED THIS GAME SO MUCH!

    BEST RPG
    The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Why not Dark SOuls 3, cause I played, enjoyed, and got more out of the Witcher DLC than Dark Souls 3.

    BEST FAMILY GAME

    Ratchet & Clank again.

    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
    An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

    God of War for me.

    TRENDING GAMER
    For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016.

    THE ANGRY VIDEO GAME NEEEERRRRRD

  13. Avatar Tarshana says:

    Hey I see Cloud 9 on there! That is awesome. Always appreciated their good sportsmanship. Super glad to sees Overwatch over League, even though I play LoL with me husband, if I did not have so much money/time already invested I would switch in a heartbeat. But then again, I hate Blizzard so picking between two poisons, I will stick with the current poison.

    Really surprised to see CIV over Banner Saga2 , as Civ was recently released, and while I love the game, it is unpolished in some aspects compared to Banner Saga 2.