2014 SXSW Gaming Awards: Categories

The 2014 SXSW Gaming Awards categories are as follows. After reviewing these categories, click here for more information on how to enter the SXSW Gaming Awards:

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

Game of the Year: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies gaming excellence.

Excellence in Gameplay: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in gameplay mechanics.

Excellence in Art: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in art and design.

Excellence in Animation: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in animation.

Excellence in Technical Achievement: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in technical achievement.

Excellence in Narrative: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in game narrative.

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

Texas Arts Achievement Award: Awarded to a Texas-based studio or game for their achievements in game development.

Excellence in Gaming Marketing: Awarded to the most memorable marketing campaign for a game title or hardware.

Convergence Award: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence and pure crossover appeal through multiple mediums.

Cultural Innovation in Gaming: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that most challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character or gameplay.

Excellence in SFX: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence game sound effects.

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


Best Multiplayer Game: Awarded to the indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in multiplayer gaming.


PLEASE NOTE: All awards for these categories are from the January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013) calendar year.

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