Overwatch Wins Game Of The Year At The 2017 GDC Awards

Because healers are the real winners.
Because healers are the real winners.

The Game Developer’s Choice Awards were last night, and you’ll be shocked to learn Overwatch won “Game of the Year.” But there were other awards too, because there are other games. There are games besides Overwatch you guys.


The GDC Awards are voted on by folks in the industry, so the nominees and winners always come from an interesting perspective. Here’s the list of winners, via Gamasutra:

Best Audio

Inside (Playdead)

Best Debut

Campo Santo (Firewatch)

Best Design

Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Innovation Award

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Narrative

Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Best Technology

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog)

Best Visual Art

Inside (Playdead)

Best VR/AR Game

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)

Audience Award

Battlefield 1 (EA DICE)

Game of the Year

Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Pioneer Award

Jordan Mechner

Ambassador Award

Mark DeLoura

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tim Sweeney

No Man’s Sky winning the Innovation Award makes sense, but it seems the game’s own developers were taken by surprise:

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I wanna be bad today.

First off: I want to strip Overwatch of all its GOTY awards, Lance Armstrong-style, and replace it with just one award: “Most Overrated Game of 2016".

Second: Cripple what little online presence the NSWITCH has until no one ever buys the thing, and then load some broken “indie” games that will brick their systems.

Third: I will slay Mike Fahey.