20th D.I.C.E. Awards Honors Best in Interactive Entertainment

Overwatch Wins Game of the Year

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celebrating its 20th year of honoring the industry’s top
games, The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the non-profit
organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the
interactive arts representing its 33,000+ membership base, is pleased to
announce the recipients of the D.I.C.E. Awards for the best games from
2016. Earning Game of the Year was Overwatch by Blizzard
Entertainment, which challenges players to join the ranks of a legendary
force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers and oddities, and clash on
the battlefields of a near-future Earth. The awards were unveiled at the
annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, held at The Mandalay Bay Convention
Center in Las Vegas earlier this evening.


The AIAS membership honored games in 24 award categories, including Overwatch
and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which received four awards each. INSIDE
won three awards, including the D.I.C.E. Sprite Award, which recognizes
a game with limited resources for development and exposure (as compared
to AAA titles). Other top honorees were Pokémon GO for Mobile
Game of the Year, Steep for Game of the Year, Street
Fighter V
for Fighting Game of the Year and Dark Souls III
for RPG/MMO Game of the Year. Winners for newly added awards that
recognized achievement and innovation in virtual reality and augmented
reality games, included SUPERHOT VR for Immersive Reality Game of
the Year and Eagle Flight for Immersive Reality Technical
Achievement.

“For the past 20 years, the D.I.C.E. Awards have been bringing together
the most talented, innovative and inspiring minds in interactive
entertainment to recognize and celebrate the industry’s most outstanding
achievements,” said Mike Fischer, president, Academy of Interactive Arts
& Sciences. “We’re thrilled to congratulate all of this year’s award
winners whose incredible games have amazed and entertained fans
worldwide, and are truly an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to the awards for the industry’s best games and creators
from the previous year, the D.I.C.E. Awards also honored Todd Howard,
Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, as the
22nd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who
have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games.
Howard was recognized for having created some of the industry’s most
successful games by pioneering open-world gameplay, and played a key
role in the creative direction and growth of highly-regarded franchises,
including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Both are
known for their experiential approach to world-building and
storytelling, and have earning multiple D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the
years.

The 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, which was co-hosted
by Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News and Kinda Funny
co-founder Greg Miller, was the culmination of the annual three-day
D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2017),
which is known for drawing many of the interactive entertainment
industry’s most respected and influential leaders, decision makers and
visionaries.

The complete list of winners includes:

Game of the Year
Overwatch

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
INSIDE

  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Overwatch

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement
Eagle
Flight

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: FunHouse

Immersive Reality Game of the Year
SUPERHOT
VR

  • Publisher: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.
  • Developer: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.

Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon
GO

  • Publisher: Niantic Labs
  • Developer: Niantic Labs

Handheld Game of the Year
Pokémon
Sun and Moon

  • Publisher: The Pokémon Company
  • Developer: Game Freak

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
INSIDE

  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Overwatch

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Sid
Meier’s Civilization VI

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Sports Game of the Year
Steep

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Annecy

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the
Year

Dark Souls III

  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: FromSoftware, Inc.

Racing Game of the Year
Forza
Horizon 3

  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios

Fighting Game of the Year
Street
Fighter V

  • Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  • Developer: Capcom

Family Game of the Year
Ratchet
& Clank

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Insomniac Games

Adventure Game of the Year
Uncharted
4: A Thief’s End

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year
Overwatch

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Technical Achievement
Uncharted
4: A Thief’s End

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Uncharted
4: A Thief’s End

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield
1

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: EA Dice

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music
Composition

DOOM

  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: id Software

Outstanding Achievement in Character
The
Last Guardian – Trico

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: JAPAN Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
INSIDE

  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Uncharted
4: A Thief’s End

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games,
individuals and development teams that push the boundaries of
technology, creativity and artistic expression in the worldwide
interactive entertainment industry. Titles were played and evaluated by
members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. The panels are comprised of the
game industry’s most experienced and talented professionals. Each panel
is responsible for evaluating one award category. D.I.C.E. Awards
recipients are determined by a vote of qualified AIAS members. Award
voting is confidential, conducted online and supervised and certified by
VoteNet Solutions, Inc. The integrity of the system, coupled with a
broad-based voting population of AIAS members, makes the D.I.C.E. Awards
the most credible, respected and recognized awards for interactive
entertainment software.

The 20th D.I.C.E. Awards was produced by the AIAS, and will
be available to watch in-full at https://www.youtube.com/user/AcademyIAS.

Contacts

Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Debby Chen, 310-484-2556
DICE2017@zebrapartners.net