The Witcher 3 and Overwatch win big at the Golden Joystick Awards

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The Game Awards are probably the biggest awards extravaganza in the industry right now – with the December event playing host to reveal trailers, gameplay footage and of course, the annual awards themselves. Possibly the biggest, but certainly not the oldest running game awards.

That honour goes to the Golden Joysticks, which was the second awards show specifically for video games – but is the longest running since the Arcade Awards stopped running. This weekend, The Golden Joysticks were revealed, showing that The Witcher 3 still has enough legs to keep on winning. While the overall game of the year went to FROM’s Dark Souls 3, The Witcher 3’s last DLC has taken home some worthwhile praise. What makes the Golden Joysticks so interesting is that you vote for the winners – with millions of video game fan votes ultimately deciding what wins.

Here’s the list of winners:

  • Ultimate Game of the Year: Dark Souls III (From Software)
  • Best Original Game: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Best Storytelling: The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (CD Projekt Red)
  • Best Visual Design: The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (CD Project Red)
  • Best Audio: Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  • Best Indie Game: Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Studio of the Year: CD Projekt Red
  • Innovation of the Year: Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Xbox Game of the Year: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics)
  • PlayStation Game of the Year: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog)
  • Nintendo Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Nintendo)
  • PC Game of the year: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Competitive Game of the Year: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Eiji Aonuma (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year: Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Breakthrough Award: Eric Barone (Stardew Valley)
  • Critics Choice Award: Titanfall 2 (Respawn)

There’s not much to argue about really. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine is exceptional DLC, and a grand way for Geralt’s adventures to come to an end. That CD Projekt RED has won developer of the year in a gamer poll is no surprise either. Likewise, Overwatch winning new IP and best multiplayer is also probably not going to cause bewilderment.

Last Updated: November 21, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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