Her Story dominates GDC, IGF Awards

CD Projekt's The Witcher 3 grabbed Game of the Year but Sam Barlow's title won five awards overall

CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3 took home top honors at the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards this evening, while Sam Barlow's Her Story also won multiple awards at the Choice Awards on top of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game and $30,000 at the 18th annual Independent Games Festival. Not only that, but Sam Barlow's game also won the grand prize at the IMGA Awards this week.

"The world of video games can include every imaginable and unimaginable experience, from the vast world of The Witcher 3, to the intimate interrogations in Her Story, and the Choice Awards have evolved to honor this diversity of titles," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference. "All of these winning and nominated titles have expanded what we think what games can be, how to maturely handle story, and how to make games that are ridiculously fun. I'm excited to see all of these wonderful developers recognized for their amazing contributions, and I congratulate all of this year's winners and nominees."

The full list of GDC award winners is as follows:

Best Debut - Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Best Audio - Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Innovation Award - Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Technology - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Best Visual Art - Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)

Best Narrative - Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Design - Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game - Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Audience Award - Life is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment)

Game of the Year - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Pioneer Award - Markus "Notch" Persson

Ambassador Award - Tracy Fullerton

Lifetime Achievement Award - Todd Howard

And here are the IGF award winners:

Excellence in Narrative ($3,000) - Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Excellence in Audio ($3,000) - Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)

Excellence in Design ($3,000) - Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000) - Oxenfree (Night School Studio)

ID@Xbox Rising Star Award - (Girls Make Games - The Hole Story)

Nuovo Award ($5,000) - Cibele (Star Maid Games)

Best Student Game ($3,000) - Beglitched (Jennifer Jiao Hsia and Alec Thomson)

Audience Award ($3,000) - Undertale (Toby Fox)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000) - Her Story (Sam Barlow)

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