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Published on March 17th, 2018 | by Genevieve Mc Bride


2018 SXSW Video Game Award Winners

As part of our SXSW coverage, here are the big winners. Keystones and Alex are on site doing coverage but the convention was kind enough to send this over to us.


Not too many surprises and nice to see some variety amongst the winners.


Winners named in 24 categories

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild named Video Game of the Year


Austin, TX – March 17, 2018 – SXSW® Gaming has announced the winners for the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards. The winners in 24 different categories, were revealed during the fifth annual Gaming Awards ceremony, which was hosted by IGN producer and writer Alanah Pearce, and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and esports broadcaster for H1Z1, Hearthstone and Call of Duty World League, Richard Campbell.


Award winner highlights include Game of the Year winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo); Mobile Game of the Year winner Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo, Intelligent Systems); Esports Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.); Tabletop Game of the Year winner Gloomhaven (Cephalofair Games); and Trending Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.).


Submissions for the SXSW Gaming Awards opened in August 2017 through the official Gaming Awards page and closed in December. Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and select staff, consisting of more than 40 industry experts well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once finalists were revealed, the general public, along with the Advisory Board, were invited to cast their vote on to help determine the winners in each category, which were unveiled and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony.


2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners:


Excellence in SFX

Super Mario Odyssey


Excellence in Musical Score

NieR: Automata


Excellence in Technical Achievement

NieR: Automata


Excellence in Visual Achievement

Horizon Zero Dawn


Excellence in Animation



Excellence in Art



Excellence in Convergence

Star Wars Battlefront II


Excellence in Multiplayer

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Horizon Zero Dawn


Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Night in the Woods


Excellence in Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Excellence in Design

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Excellence in Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch


Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Doki Doki Literature Club


Gamer’s Voice Award Video Game

Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars


Gamer’s Voice Award Mobile Game

Tiny Bubbles


Gamer’s Voice Award Tabletop Game

Sol: Last Days of a Star


Gamer’s Voice Award Virtual Reality Game



Trending Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Esports Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Tabletop Game of the Year



Virtual Reality Game of the Year

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard


Mobile Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Heroes


Video Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


For the full list of 2018 SXSW Gaming Award winners, visit

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