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2019 D.I.C.E. Award Winners Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2019 @ 11:04 p.m. PST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 22nd D.I.C.E. Awards honoring the top games from 2018.

The votes have been counted! Members of the interactive entertainment industry gathered this evening at the 22nd D.I.C.E. Awards, at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, to celebrate the year’s biggest triumphs in video games. The event is held annually by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts representing its 30,000+ membership base. This year’s Game of the Year was awarded to God of War by developer SIE Santa Monica Studio and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment, which takes players on a journey as the Spartan warrior Kratos, a man living outside the shadow of the gods, who with his son Atreus, venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

The Academy membership honored games in 23 award categories, with God of War receiving the most accolades of the evening with nine awards. Another multi-award winner, Celeste earned two awards. Other top honorees were Florence for Portable Game of the Year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Fighting Game of the Year, Beat Saber for Immersive Game of the Year, Mario Tennis Aces for Sports Game of the Year, Monster Hunter: World for Role-Playing Game of the Year, and Fortnite for Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, among others. 

“Tonight, at the 22ndAnnual D.I.C.E. Awards, the interactive entertainment industry gathered together from all over the world to celebrate their trailblazers – the very best in video games and the teams who - with their amazing talent and vision - have created boundary defying experiences that have captivated global audiences,” said Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “On behalf of the Academy, I congratulate not only this year’s incredible nominees, but the esteemed winners chosen by their peers.”

In addition to the awards for the industry’s best games and creators from the previous year, the D.I.C.E. Awards also celebrated Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries, which oversees the Halo franchise, with the special honor of being the 2019 recipient of the Academy’s Hall of Fame Award. Ross has been integral in the vision and expansion of the Halo franchise that has continued to excite generations of fans, generating nearly $6 billion in worldwide sales to date and has transcended video games to grow into a global entertainment phenomenon. In addition, Ross is a key voice in promoting STEM and diversity efforts across the gaming industry amongst women, under-represented minorities and children.

The 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, with Greg Miller, co-founder of internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News, who returned for their third time as co-hosts, included industry professionals who attended the event live and game fans worldwide who tuned in for the live stream. The show was the culmination of the annual three-day D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE19), which is known for drawing many of the interactive entertainment industry’s most respected and influential leaders, decision makers and visionaries.

Game of the Year

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Portable Game of the Year

Florence

  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Developer: Mountains

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

Celeste

  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games
  • Developer: Matt Makes Games

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

Beat Saber

  • Publisher: Beat Games
  • Developer: Beat Games

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Tónandi

  • Publisher: Magic Leap
  • Developer: Magic Leap and Sigur Rós

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Fortnite

  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • Developer: Epic Games

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Into the Breach

  • Publisher: Subset Games
  • Developer: Subset Games

Sports Game of the Year

Mario Tennis Aces

  • Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  • Developer: Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Camelot Co. Ltd.

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Monster Hunter: World

  • Publisher: CAPCOM
  • Developer: CAPCOM

Racing Game of the Year

Forza Horizon 4

  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: Playground Games

Fighting Game of the Year

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Publisher: Nintendo of America
  • Developer: Nintendo, Sora Ltd., and BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

Family Game of the Year

Unravel Two

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: ColdWood Interactive

Adventure Game of the Year

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Action Game of the Year

Celeste

  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games
  • Developer: Matt Makes Games

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Developer: Rockstar Games

Outstanding Achievement in Story

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Character

God of War - Kratos

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

God of War

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Marvel’s Spider-Man

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
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