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All the Winners from the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards

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The 18th annual Game Developers Choice Awards took place Wednesday, March 21, right in the middle of the Game Developers Conference. The awards honor the best game of the year, as selected by game developers.

The biggest winners of the evening were The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Game of the Year, Best Audio, Best Design), Gorogoa (Best Mobile Game, Innovation Award), and Cuphead (Best Debut, Vest Visual Art). See the full list of winners below, and watch the archived stream via Twitch.

GAME OF THE YEAR

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

BEST AUDIO

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST DEBUT

StudioMDHR (Cuphead)
Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
Sidebar Games (Golf Story)
Infinite Fall (Night in the Woods)
Jason Roberts / Buried Signal (Gorogoa)

BEST DESIGN

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)

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BEST MOBILE GAME

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
Reigns: Her Majesty (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg)
Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs / ARTE France / Playdius)

INNOVATION AWARD

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
Everything (David OReilly / Double Fine Productions)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)

BEST NARRATIVE

What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks)

BEST TECHNOLOGY

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

BEST VISUAL ART

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)

BEST VR/AR GAME

Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
Lone Echo (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

The award show also awarded the Audience Award, which is chosen via a public voting process, to NieR: Automata and PlatinumGames. Rami Ismail was awarded the Ambassador Award for his outreach to game developers around the world, while veteran game developer Tim Schafer was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Every year sees countless amazing games worthy of recognition, but this year in particular has seen some of the strongest titles to arrive this generation. The GDCAs give us an opportunity to reflect on and honor the games that provided us with endless joy,” said Katie Stern, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild helped us rediscover a childlike sense of adventure and discovery. Titles like Gorogoa and What Remains of Edith Finch offered us distinct creative visions that can only be experienced in games, and games like Cuphead and Horizon Zero Dawn crafted worlds we could lose ourselves in. Congratulations to all of tonight’s nominees and winners and thank you for your creativity and dedication.”

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The 32nd Annual Game Developers Conference Runs this Week

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The 2018 Game Developers Conference takes place this week in San Francisco, California. The conference will feature the 2oth annual Independent Games Festival Awards, 18th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, and the third annual Virtual Reality Developers Conference.

GDC is the primary meeting grounds for video game developers to network, seek mentors, and show off games and projects. Big name attending publishers and developers include Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Riot Games, and Naughty Dog.

Both award shows will take place Wednesday, March 21. The GDCA will give out special achievement awards to two prominent game developers: Rami Ismail (Ambassador Award) and Tim Schafer (Lifetime Achievement Award). GDC originally announced Nolan Bushnell for the Pioneer Award, but has since rescinded it based on Bushnell’s controversial past regarding sexism in the workplace. Bushnell released a statement accepting the GDC’s decision.

Both award ceremonies will be livestreamed on GDC’s official Twitch channel.

This year’s conference will introduce the first-ever GDC Film Festival. The festival will highlight documentaries and narrative films that focus on the art and culture surrounding video games.

In total GDC 2018 will feature over 750 panels and lectures, with over 550 companies showing games and products on the expo floor.

GDC has recently announced a new event, XRDC. XRDC is a spin-off of the VRDC. It goes beyond virtual reality gaming to encompass entertainment, healthcare, education, training, and more. The two-day conference will feature networking and training. XRDC will take place in October in San Francisco.

The 2018 Game Developers Conference runs from March 19-23.