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SXSW GAMING AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS, INCLUDING GAMES OF THE YEAR, EXCELLENCE AWARDS, AND MATTHEW CRUMP CULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD

Produced by Peach Maria Productions, Tonight’s Livestream Ceremony Was Hosted by Jana Morrison and Samantha Aucoin from SYFY’s Hit Show “Astrid & Lilly Save the World”

Highly-Anticipated Games “Grit” and “Superior” Dropped World-Premiere Trailers

Viewers Received Special Offers from Omaze and Animated “The Gimmicks” in an Integrated Animated Narrative

TikTok Viral Sensation Punk Rock Factory Debuted New Song/Video, “Round One Fight”


Official Viewing Partner, Scener, Enabled Social Viewing Experience to Bring Fans and Gamers Closer Together
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Tonight’s ninth annual South by Southwest® Gaming Awards (SXSW®) celebrated the technical, artistic and design achievements of this year’s best video game titles and their creators. A total of 40 unique games were in contention for honors in 12 categories — see the winners below. (A complete list of nominees/winners is available here).

The virtual award ceremony was co-hosted by Jana Morrison (“Astrid”) and Samantha Aucoin (“Lilly”), the heroic leads of Syfy’s new Astrid & Lilly Save the World, and was livestreamed on the SXSW TV App, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Android TV. The ceremony was produced by Executive Producer Laurie Lockliear of Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions.

“The last two years of the pandemic have been hard for so many — the entertainment industry was among those affected, but played a key role in providing adventure and escape for all — so we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the gaming industry and its many creators through tonight’s event,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. “We’d like to thank our production partner Peach Maria Productions, our hosts and presenters; and all of you in the gaming and esports community for continuing to bring the best in creativity and innovation to this industry.

SXSW Gaming Awards WinnersVIDEO GAME OF THE YEARDEVELOPERPUBLISHERFinal Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Watch Acceptance SpeechSQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX® INDIE GAME OF THE YEARDEVELOPERPUBLISHERKena: Bridge of Spirits
Watch Acceptance SpeechEmber LabEmber Lab TABLETOP GAME OF THE YEARDEVELOPERPUBLISHERDune: Imperium
Watch Acceptance SpeechDire Wolf DigitalDire Wolf Digital VR GAME OF THE YEARDEVELOPERPUBLISHERResident Evil 4 VR
Watch Acceptance Speech       Armature StudioOculus Studios MATTHEW CRUMP CULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD
Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.DEVELOPERPUBLISHERUnpacking      
Watch Acceptance Speech                   Witch BeamHumble Games EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION, ART & VISUAL ACHIEVEMENTDEVELOPERPUBLISHERForza Horizon 5
Watch Acceptance Speech       Playground Games      Xbox Game Studios EXCELLENCE IN GAME DESIGNDEVELOPERPUBLISHERInscryption
Watch Acceptance SpeechDaniel Mullins GamesDevolver Digital EXCELLENCE IN ORIGINAL SCOREDEVELOPERPUBLISHERFinal Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 
Watch Acceptance SpeechSQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX® EXCELLENCE IN MULTIPLAYERDEVELOPERPUBLISHERIt Takes Two   
Watch Acceptance SpeechHazelightElectronic Arts EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVEDEVELOPERPUBLISHERFinal Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 
Watch Acceptance SpeechSQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX® EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO DESIGNDEVELOPERPUBLISHERResident Evil Village  
Watch Acceptance Speech       Capcom           Capcom EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTDEVELOPERPUBLISHERRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart    
Watch Acceptance Speech       Insomniac GamesSony Interactive Entertainment
About this Year’s Virtual Gaming Awards
With this year’s Ceremony virtual and free via SXSW’s web, mobile and TV platforms, the world was able to watch live as the hosts and talent announced the 12 winners tonight. Rewatch the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony here.

Viewers experienced an array of unique elements during the show, including an integrated animated narrative featuring a band of quirky, fast-paced NFT characters, The Gimmicks — including the vocal talents of Luke Gallows/“Sex Ferguson;” Franky Nines/“SupDuck”; Mila Kunis/“Fefe (Stoner Cat)”; and BennyDLowKey/“Deadhead” — who set on a misguided adventure to tonight’s Ceremony. [Watch“The Gimmicks Road to SXSW” teaser clip HERE.] Viewers also received special access to an exclusive NFT offer through a series of classic video game tributes.This integration was produced by Web3 animation studio, Toonstarin partnership with 6th Wall, the Web3 arm of Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions (Stoner Cats).

The evening also featured several debuts — including world premieres of trailers for the highly-anticipated video games Gritand Superiorfrom Gala Games; and the rocking first look at “Round One Fight,” the new song/video from Tik Tok sensation and pop punk band Punk Rock Factory.

In addition, SXSW Gaming Awards partnered with charity fundraising company Omaze to provide a special promo-code offer for bonus entries when entering for the chance to win dream prizes on Omaze and support great causes via any method of entry.

Finally, the SXSW Gaming Awards, Peach Maria Productions andScener, the leading social viewing platform for streaming services, partnered to host an Official Viewing Party of the Gaming Awards for fans and for the gaming community.

Presenters and Appearances
From sports and music, to gaming and film, this year’s presenters (full list below) represented a range of talent from the overall entertainment industry. Reflecting some of the most dynamic talent, executives and storytellers, they were:Michael Anthony, (Raising Dion, upcomingParamount family action film Secret Headquarters)Cast members from G4TV’s Attack of the ShowInvitation to Party and XPlayKadeem Hardison, (upcoming AMC’s  MoonhavenA Different World)Ramon Hermann, SVP Americas, ESL GamingMaria Ho (Women in Poker HALL OF FAME 2018 inductee, The Amazing Race)Ryan Johnson, CEO, CxmmunityDoug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery, upcoming Hocus Pocus 2)Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports TeamIvan Mbakop (Hawkeye)NASA (special message about Artemis 1 exploration mission launching this Spring)Taybor Pepper (NFL/San Francisco 49er’s long snapper, former Michigan State Spartan)Corey Reynolds (Resident Alien)Cory Strassburger  (a.k.a. “Blu,” visual effects artist and one-man-band creator of YouTube show Xanadu)Stephanie Sheh  (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, voice actress, ADR director, writer and producer)Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien, upcoming Disney’s Peter Pan & Wendy)World Boxing’s  Eric “Butterbean” Esch (3x Super Heavyweight Champion) &Larry Holmes (Hall of Fame Boxer & Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World)Wrestle Quest’s Jeff Jarrett (My World with Jeff Jarrett)
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2022 is currently taking place March 11–20, 2022. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.

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