The Game Awards is one of the biggest award shows in the video game industry, and the 2016 version of the annual event is no exception.
The Game Awards 2016 offered 25 awards across various categories, and while the event crowned winners, it also hosted several announcements for new games.
The Game Awards 2016 Winners
Overwatch took the top Game of the Year honors, beating out Inside, Doom, Titanfall 2 and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Blizzard also took home the Best Game Direction Award for the massively popular multiplayer shooter, which also won the Best Multiplayer and Best eSports Game categories.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, however, was given the Best Narrative award, with the game's protagonist Nathan Drake winning the Best Performance award for Nolan North. The game was given eight nominations for the event, the most among all the participating titles.
The Best Art Direction award was given to Inside, which also received recognition as Best Independent Game.
Best Action Game and Best Music/Sound Design went to Doom, while Best Action/Adventure Game went to Dishonored 2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won Best RPG, Street Fighter V was crowned as Best Fighting Game, Civilization VI was given the Best Strategy Game award, and Forza Horizon 3 won the Best Sports/Racing award.
Pokémon GO, meanwhile, claimed the Best Mobile/Handheld award, along with the Best Family Game award, while Rez Infinite acquired the Best VR Game award.
In the Games for Impact category, the winner was That Dragon, Cancer.
The Most Anticipated Game went to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a trailer of which was shown at the event providing a glimpse of who appears to be Princess Zelda herself.
Gamer Boogie2988 won the Trending Gamer award, but no winner was announced for the Best Fan Creation category. Marcelo David, who goes by the handle Coldzera, won Best eSports Player under SK Gaming for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, though the Best eSports Team award was given to Cloud 9.
New Games Revealed At The Game Awards 2016
The Game Awards 2016 was not all about recognition, as it also showcased what gamers can expect in the near future. Among the games that were featured are Bulletstorm: Full Clip, Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier by Telltale Games, online co-op RPG Dauntless, Prey by Bethesda, Shovel Knight prequel Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Halo Wars 2 and game footage from Mass Effect: Andromeda.