SXSW Gaming Awards Winners

In its first year, the awards show hit the mark

Messhof's Nidhogg, winner of the Gamer's Voice Award
Messhof's Nidhogg, winner of the Gamer's Voice Award

The main floor of the Long Center was nearly full as the show started on its maiden voyage.

SXSW Interactive Producer Shawn O'Keefe opened the show with a heartfelt tribute to Matthew Crump who died suddenly the weekend before the awards. Crump had already made a name for himself in the gaming industry before taking the position as the Gaming Expo and Awards coordinator. His death was a blow to SXSW and the gaming community as a whole. O'Keefe also announced that the Cultural Innovation Award would now fittingly bear Crump's name.

The hosts of the show, iJustine and SMOSH, then took the stage and did a fine job of supplying laughs while keeping things moving at a quick pace. The awards announcements were broken up by video clips from Rooster Teeth and other game-centric comedy outfits. Even performers from Cirque du Soleil got in on the act offering up their unique brand of high-flying circus performance live on stage.

Without further ado here are the winners of the 2014 SXSW Gaming Awards:


Game of the Year Award
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog

Excellence in Gameplay Award
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 505 Studios

Excellence in Art Award
Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games

Excellence in Animation Award
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – NAMCO BANDAI

Excellence in Technical Achievement Award
Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games

Excellence in Narrative Award
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog

Excellence in Design and Direction Award
Tearaway – Media Molecule

Excellence in Gaming Marketing Award
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Ubisoft

Excellence in SFX Award
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog

Excellence in Musical Score Award
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog

Convergence Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence and pure crossover appeal through multiple mediums.
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
Papers, Please – 3909 LLC

Best Multiplayer Game Award
Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo

Texas Arts Achievement Award
This award went to a Texas-based studio or company for achievement in game development and awareness in our great state.
Galactic Café

SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award
This one was for indie games and is voted on by attendees of the Gaming Expo.
NidhoggMesshof

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
SXSW Gaming Events
SXSW Gaming Events
The little brother of the Fest grows up

Tucker Whatley, March 17, 2017

SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists Announced
SXSW Gaming Awards FInalists
Mix of blockbusters and indie faves top the list of noms

Tucker Whatley, Jan. 26, 2016

More by James Renovitch
Fantastic Arcade for the Average Austinite
Fantastic Arcade for the Average Austinite
A preview of free, public events at this weekend of indie gaming

Oct. 26, 2018

Austin Artist Pio Pulido Passes
Austin Artist Pio Pulido Passes
Mexic-Arte Museum co-founder was a fixture in the local arts community

July 13, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

SXSW, SXSW Interactive 2014, SXSW Gaming Awards, The Last of Us, Matthew Crump, Nidhogg

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle