God of War, Red Dead Redemption and several LA companies won multiple awards at the fifth annual Game Awards, held December 6 at the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown LA.
LA based companies scooped up several awards, including Sony Santa Monica God of War (3 awards), and esports awards for Blizzard’s Overwatch, Riot Games’ LOL World Championship, and Cloud9 esports team.
God of War won three awards: Game of the Year, as well as Action Adventure Game and Game Direction. In their acceptance speeches, the God of War team leads thanked everyone at Sony Santa Monica who helped work on the game.
Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games won 4 awards: Narrative, Score/Soundtrack, Audio Design, and Performance by Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan.
Esports Game: Overwatch, by OC-based Blizzard.
Eports Event: League of Legends World Championship, by LA-based Riot Games.
Esports Team: Cloud9, based in LA with teams who play League of Legends, Hearthstone and RocketLeague.
Esports Player: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean won best Esports Player. When he walked on stage in his iconic blue fox furry costume to accept the award, he nearly stole the show with his heartwarming acceptance speech.
“As you may or may not know, I’m gay. Super gay. I guess I just gotta say that I’m gay, black, a furry…and the best esports player of the whole year, I guess!”
Joel McHale presented SonicFox his award, saying his kids play games all the time.
Epic Games’ Fortnite won best two awards: Multiplayer Game, and Ongoing Game.
“Our goal is to let you build your own Fortnite,” says Donald Mustard, Fortnite CEO, who says that you will be able to create your own private island Dec 13. The Block will feature the coolest content from creative mode so others can see users creations.
Fortnite gamer Ninja won best Content Creator.
Celeste picked up two awards: Games for Impact and Independent Game. The winning team thanked those who supported the game, especially players with mental health issues.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission by Sony Interactive Japan won best VR Game.
TRAILER WORLD PREMIERES
More than a dozen trailers held their World Premieres during the Game Awards, perfect to drive holiday game sales.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 available exclusively on Nintendo Switch looks terrific and received much applause.
Mortal Kombat 11 also was well received, screening a gruesome fight scene with Raiden v Scorpion.
LIST OF WINNERS