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God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, indies prevail at The Game Awards

Visual Concepts president Greg Thomas honored as this year's Industry Icon

The Game Awards 2018 have just wrapped up, and saw a much broader smattering of winners than in previous years, with a number of indies taking the spotlight.

Sony's God of War took Game of the Year at the show, as well as the awards for best game direction and best action-adventure game. Red Dead Redemption 2 also saw a hefty share of wins in categories such as best narrative, score/music, audio design, and performance (from Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan).

Those aside, several indie games received honors this year, with awards being given to Celeste (Games for Impact and best independent game), Florence (best mobile game), Return of the Obra Dinn (best art direction), Dead Cells (bext action game), Overcooked 2 (best family game), and Into the Breach (best strategy game).

Finally, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment Greg Thomas was honored with the Industry Icon award for his work shaping the sports gaming industry on numerous titles ranging all the way back to the late 80s and eary 90s, and reaching to today with series he built such as NBA 2K and WWE 2K.

Here are all the award winners:

  • Game of the Year - God of War
  • Best Ongoing Game - Fortnite
  • Best Game Direction - God of War
  • Best Narrative - Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Best Art Direction - Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Best Score/Music - Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Best Audio Design - Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Best Performance - Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Games for Impact - Celeste
  • Best Independent Game - Celeste
  • Best Mobile Game - Florence
  • Best AR/VR Game - ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Best Student Game: Combat 2018 (Tankarok)

Genre Awards

  • Best Action Game - Dead Cells
  • Best Role-playing Game - Monster Hunter: World
  • Best Action-adventure Game - God of War
  • Best Fighting Game - Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Best Family Game - Overcooked 2
  • Best Strategy Game - Into the Breach
  • Best Sports/Racing Game - Forza Horizon 4
  • Best Multiplayer Game - Fortnite

Global Gaming Citizen

  • Steven Spohn - AbleGamers
  • Lual Mayen - Junub Games
  • Sadia Bashir - Pixelart Games Academy
  • Esports Awards

    • Best Esports Team - Cloud9
    • Best Esports Game - Overwatch
    • Best Esports Event - League of Legends World Championship
    • Best Esports Host - Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
    • Best Esports Coach - Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu
    • Best Esports Moment - C9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE
    • Best Esports Player - Dominique "SonicFox" McLean
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