SXSW Gaming Awards

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WOW Gaming Awards
2017 WOW Gaming Awards
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Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the video game industry
CountryUnited States
First awardedMarch 7, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-03-07)

The WOW Gaming Awards are awards given to video games during the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), held in Austin, Texas typically in March of that year. The Awards are part of the SXSW Gaming Expo which is part of the SXSW Interactive branch of the festival.


Video games had been part of the SXSW within the SXSW Interactive branch; in 2006, the festival launched "Screenburn" as a special portion of the Interactive branch for video games, and later renamed this to SXSW Gaming in 2013.[1]

Matthew Crump, a veteran game developer, joined SXSW in 2012 and spearheaded the efforts to create the SXSW Gaming Awards to premiere during the 2014 festival.[2] The new awards in fifteen different categories were announced in September 2013 to be awarded during the 2014 festival.[3] However, Crump died from a heart attack just before the festival.[2] The event organizers opted to rename the "Cultural Innovation in Gaming" to the "Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award" to honor Crump's contributions to the festival.[4] Future years added additional award categories.


Developers and publishers must submit their games for consideration to the festival organizers prior to a deadline; these games generally must have had public release in the preceding calendar year to the festival (for example, for the inaugural 2014 awards, games had to be released in 2013).[3] The festival's organizers along with a panel of industry experts review all submissions and select the top five for each of the game categories. These are then opened to public voting for the final winner for each award to be chosen.[5]

The Gamer's Voice awards are exceptional to these: they are limited only to indie games released in the previous calendar year or the current year, and which any member of the public may nominate. The festival organizers select multiple games (typically more than five) after playing through each as nominees for the award. These games are featured in playable form at the SXSW festival to allow attendees to try them before they vote for their favorite.[5]

The awards ceremony is held near the end of the SXSW event, with celebrity and gaming hosts presenting the awards.

Show history[edit]

Year Event Number Date Location Hosts
2014 1st March 7, 2014 Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX Justine "iJustine" Ezarik and Smosh[3]
2015 2nd March 14, 2015 Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX Janet Varney and Mark Edward "Markiplier" Fischbach[6]
2016 3rd March 19, 2016 Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin, TX Séan "Jacksepticeye" William McLoughlin and Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico[7]
2017 4th March 18, 2017 Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin, TX OMGitsfirefoxx and Xavier Woods[8]
2018 5th March 17, 2018 Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin, TX Alanah Pearce and Rich Campbell[9]


Video Game of the Year[edit]

This award was named "Game of the Year" in 2014, but was renamed when the Mobile and Tabletop awards were added.

Mobile Game of the Year[edit]

Tabletop Game of the Year[edit]

VR Game of the Year[edit]

Excellence in Gameplay[edit]

Excellence in Art[edit]

Excellence in Animation[edit]

Excellence in Visual Achievement[edit]

Excellence in Technical Achievement[edit]

Excellence in Narrative[edit]

Excellence in Design and Direction[edit]

Excellence in Gaming Marketing[edit]

Excellence in SFX[edit]

Excellence in Musical Score[edit]

Excellence in Multiplayer[edit]

Formally "Best Multiplayer Game" until 2016

Excellence in Convergence[edit]

Awarded for a game that exemplifies crossover medium appeal. Formally the "Convergence Award" until 2016

Texas Arts Achievement[edit]

Awarded to a Texas-based studio or game

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award[edit]

Awarded for a game that challenges the normal idea of video gaming, offering a culturally innovative view of the world

Most Valuable Character[edit]

Esports Game of the Year[edit]

Most Valuable eSports Team[edit]

Most Valuable Online Channel[edit]

Most Entertaining Online Personality[edit]

Most Valuable Add-On Content[edit]

Most Anticipated Crowdfunded Game[edit]

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game[edit]

Most Promising New Intellectual Property[edit]

Trending Game of the Year[edit]

Fan Creation of the Year[edit]

  • 2017 - Brutal Doom 64, Sergeant_Mark_IV[12]

Gamer's Voice Award[edit]

Award to an indie game voted by the public; split into Single and Multi-player categories in 2016.

Single Player[edit]



  1. ^ SXSW Interactive: A Growing Outlet For Video Games, Matt Clark, iQU', March 14, 2012 Archived May 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Sarkar, Samit (March 3, 2014). "SXSW Gaming Expo coordinator, developer Matthew Crump dies". Polygon. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Tact, Dave (September 12, 2013). "SXSW Gaming Expo adding Gaming Awards in 2014". Polygon. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Renovich, James (March 8, 2014). "SXSW Gaming Awards Winners". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "SXSW Gaming Awards". SXSW. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Second Annual SXSW Gaming Awards Announces Top Winners in 21 Categories" (PDF). South by Southwest. March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Whatley, Tucker (January 26, 2016). "SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists Announced". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Krajewski, Brandon (February 6, 2017). "SXSW Gaming Awards Voting Ends Soon". IGN. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners Revealed". IGN. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Karmali, Luke (March 16, 2015). "Dragon Age: Inquisition Wins SXSW Game of the Year". IGN. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Dornbrush, Jonathan (March 21, 2016). "SXSW Gaming Awards 2016 winners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Makuch, Eddie (March 19, 2017). "Uncharted 4 Wins Game Of The Year At SXSW Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved March 19, 2017.

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