2015 SXSW Gaming Awards: Categories

2015 SXSW Gaming Awards

The 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards categories are as follows. After reviewing these categories, check out the SXSW Gaming Awards FAQ for more information on how to enter the SXSW Gaming Awards:

Game of the Year: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies gaming excellence.

Table Top Game of the Year: Awarded to the best table top game that exemplifies excellence.

Mobile Game of the Year: Awarded to the best mobile game that exemplifies excellence.

Excellence in Gameplay: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Art: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in artistic style.

Excellence in Animation: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in animation.

Excellence in Technical Achievement: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in technical achievement.

Excellence in Visual Achievement: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies stunning visuals.

Excellence in Narrative: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in game narrative.

Excellence in Design and Direction: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in design and direction.

Excellence in SFX: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in game sound effects.

Excellence in Musical Score: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it is used to progress the narrative of a game.

Excellence in Multiplayer Award: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in multiplayer gaming.


Excellence in Convergence: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies excellence in the crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

Most Valuable Character: Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.

Most Valuable Professional Gamer: Awarded to the professional gamer that has climbed the ranks or consistently stays on top of the leaderboards.

Most Valuable Online Channel: Awarded to the gaming-related channel that consistently entertains and keeps us watching with its humor, stories, special effects and more.

Most Anticipated Crowdfunded Game: Awarded to the most highly-anticipated crowdfunded game that lived up to expectations once released or has yet to grace our collections but have us eagerly waiting for release day.

Most Valuable Add-on Content: Awarded to the best additional content or DLC that added even more value to a great game making the experience that much better.

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award: Awarded to the best game that most challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character or gameplay.

Gamer’s Voice Award: Awarded to the best indie developed game, selected in part by SXSW Gaming Expo attendees.

PLEASE NOTE: All awards for these categories are for titles released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 with the exception of Most Anticipated Crowdfunded and Gamer’s Voice categories.

How to Submit to the SXSW Gaming Awards:
Click here to submit to the SXSW Gaming Awards, review submission guidelines and other information.

How to Submit to the SXSW Gamer’s Voice Category:
Click here to submit to the Gamer’s Voice Award. Indie games only permitted for this particular category

Check out additional ways to participate in SXSW Gaming with our Gaming Expo and our Geek Stage

Contact Info:

For more information on our SXSW Gaming Awards, reach out to gamingawards@sxsw.com.

For all press requests, please contact Kelly Krause.

For all general inquiries, please contact us at gaming@sxsw.com.