SXSW Announces 2018 Gaming Awards Winners, Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes 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

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