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And the 2016 Game Awards go to...

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And the 2016 Game Awards go to...

The 2016 Game Awards took place today at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, with the gaming industry's key players gathered in attendance.

Though mostly filled with musical performances, commercials, and humiliating product placements, the show found time to honour some award winners, too.

Some awards were not presented on stage, so even watching the show would not reveal all the winners; the full list of winners follows.

GAME OF THE YEAR
Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead)
WINNER: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST GAME DIRECTION
WINNER: Blizzard Entertainment (for Overwatch)
EA DICE (for Battlefield 1)
id Software (for Doom)
Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
Respawn Entertainment (for Titanfall 2)

BEST NARRATIVE
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Mafia 3 (Hangar 13/2K Games)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
WINNER: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
WINNER: Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
WINNER: Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST PERFORMANCE
Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia 3
Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
WINNER: Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

GAMES FOR IMPACT
1979 Revolution: Black Friday (Ink Stories)
Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
WINNER: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
WINNER: Inside (Playdead)
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
The Witness (Thekla Inc.)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD
Clash Royale (Supercell)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
WINNER: Pokémon Go (Niantic Labs)
Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

BEST VR GAME
Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Eve: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
WINNER: Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST ACTION GAME
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
WINNER: Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
WINNER: Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Hitman (IO Interactive/Square Enix)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST RPG
Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
WINNER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard Entertainment)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
The King of Fighters 14 (SNK/Atlus USA)
Pokkén Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokémon Co. International)
WINNER: Street Fighter 5 (Capcom)

BEST STRATEGY GAME
WINNER: Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
Total War: Warhammer (The Creative Assembly/Sega)
XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

BEST FAMILY GAME
Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
WINNER: Pokémon Go (Niantic Labs)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

BEST SPORTS/RACING
FIFA 17 (EA Vancouver/Electronic Arts)
WINNER: Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
MLB The Show 16 (SIE San Diego Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER
Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17)
WINNER: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Studios/Rockstar Games)
WINNER: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

TRENDING GAMER
AngryJoeShow
WINNER: Boogie2988
Danny O’Dwyer
JackSepticEye
Lirik

BEST FAN CREATION
Project A2MR (disqualified)
Pokémon Uranium (disqualified)
Brutal Doom 64
Enderal: The Shards of Order

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER
Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
WINNER: Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
ByuN – Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter 5)
Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

BEST ESPORTS TEAM
SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
Wings Gaming (Dota 2)
SK Gaming
ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
WINNER: Cloud 9

BEST ESPORTS GAME
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
Dota 2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot Games)
WINNER: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Street Fighter 5 (Capcom)
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Hideo Kojima debuts another kooky Death Stranding trailer

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Hideo Kojima debuts another kooky Death Stranding trailer

With a quivering voice, a near-tearful Geoff Keighley awarded Hideo Kojima the Game Award for Industry Icon today.

Accepting the award in person - moderately remarkable, given his absence from the event last year - Kojima thanked Keighley and his fans, saying he had "lost nothing" thanks to fan support - and, presumably, the fact that he is a massively successful game director who nearly any studio would hire in a heartbeat.

Announcing, in classic Steve Jobs fashion, that he had "one more thing" to show, Kojima revealed a new teaser for his upcoming action game Death Stranding.

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Big Ant releases Big Bash 2016 cricket title for zero dollars

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Big Ant releases Big Bash 2016 cricket title for zero dollars

The studio behind upcoming sports title Don Bradman Cricket 17 has released a completely free no microtransactions cricket title for mobile.

Big Bash 2016 is available on Apple iOS and Android, and was built in collaboration with Cricket Australia. It is the official game for the 2016-17 KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League season.

In Big Bash 2016, players control of their favourite clubs and lead them to glory through each match of the season.

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Rainbow Six Siege ANZ Cup winners will be sent to Canada

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Rainbow Six Siege ANZ Cup winners will be sent to Canada

The winners of this month's local Rainbow Six Siege ESL event will be sent to a world tournament in Canada, Ubisoft announced today.

The ANZ Cup final takes place on December 8, and the winning team will score a AU$5000 cash prize, Audio Technica Headsets, and entry into the Six Invitational, which includes travel for the entire team to Canada.

The Six Invitational will take place in Montreal, Canada on February 3-5, 2017. The prize for first place is AU$100,000.

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Kiwi brawler Swordy gets new mode, slower play, and more

Kiwi brawler Swordy gets new mode, slower play, and more

The latest update to Kiwi physics-based brawler Swordy adds a new game mode for competitive play.

According to developer Frogshark, Champions mode is designed for customisable competitive combat. It features an equipment selection prep phase followed by game rounds that run until someone has two points. Then all equipment is reset.

Champions mode does not yet work with AI, so you currently need two or more people to play it.

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Over a third of all Steam games were released this year

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Over a third of all Steam games were released this year

Over one third of all games on Steam were released in 2016, according to a graph shared by Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin.

Galyonkin today posted the following graph on Twitter, breaking down Steam releases by year:

According to the Galyonkin, 38 percent of all Steam games were released in 2016, with about 26 percent released in 2015 and a further 16 percent in 2014.

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Analyst: VR the "biggest loser" in sales for 2016

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Analyst: VR the "biggest loser" in sales for 2016

Research firm SuperData has released new sales projections for game hardware, declaring virtual reality "the biggest loser."

The new medium saw "notably fewer units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort," the firm told GamesIndustry.biz.

PlayStation VR sales forecasts for the year were down from 2.6 million to 750,000, while Google Daydream's numbers dropped from 450,000 to 261,000.

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No Man's Sky cleared by Advertising Standards Authority

No Man's Sky cleared by Advertising Standards Authority

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has ruled No Man's Sky innocent of misleading customers via its Steam page.

Several disgruntled gamers had raised flags to the regulator after perceiving the game to have launched without features implied in Steam screenshots, descriptions, and trailers.

Developer Hello Games' argument was that while the game's procedural nature meant that every player has a different experience, it wasn't unreasonable to expect that players wcould encounter all advertised features in an average playthrough.

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Gigantic finally launches into open beta next month

Gigantic finally launches into open beta next month

Competitive action-MOBA Gigantic will finally launch in open beta on Xbox and Windows this December.

Announced back in 2014, Gigantic is a colourful, free-to-play MOBA, described as "an entirely new competitive experience" by developer Motiga's product development VP James Phinney.

Teams of five choose characters from a current roster of 16 heroes to fight across a range of maps with ranged and melee weapons and magic spells.

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