The Game Awards announces 2017’s Game of the Year



The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Overwatch, and Cuphead all won awards on Dec. 8 at The Game Awards, an annual award show dedicated to video games.

The most anticipated award, Game of the Year, went to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which also won Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game. Overwatch won Best Ongoing Game and Cuphead won both Best Art Direction and Best Debut Indie Game.

The Industry Icon Award went to Carol Shaw, who worked began working in the video game industry during Atari era. She was one of the first female game designers. She created the game “Polo” for the Atari 2600 and the game “River Raid.”

The Game Awards was created in 2014 by Geoff Keighley, who has been involved in the video game media industry for over two decades. “It’s about celebrating the people that devote their lives to creating this kind of content,” Keighley said during the pre-show.

Games are nominated for awards by an international jury of media and influencer outlets, as well as audience voters. There are also several categories which were chosen solely by fans. This year, “Best Ongoing Game” and “Student Game“ were two new categories added.

Awards are not the only thing announced at The Game Awards. The ceremony also featured exclusive trailers and game announcements such as Soul Calibur VI, Bayonetta 3, Legend of Zelda The Champion’s Ballad DLC and Witchfire. A new trailer for the highly anticipated Death Stranding was also shown.

If you want to see a complete list of the winners for 2017’s The Game Awards, visit

Helen Jarden

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