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The Witcher and Rocket League were the big Game Awards winners, Konami was the big loser

Game Awards winners

The 2015 Game Awards are in the books, with all 22 winners announced. There were a few surprises, including one kind of sad one that will likely have some long reaching ramifications.

The big winner of the night was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which won both Game of the Year and RPG of the year. CD Projekt Red also won Developer of the Year. The Witcher 3 beat out some big name titles, including Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

(You can find a full list of all the nominees here.)

Another big winner was the indie game Rocket League, which won the awards for Best Independent Game and Best Sports/Racing Game. At the moment it is a PC and PlayStation 4 exclusive, but it’s coming to Xbox One in February 2016, with a Linux and OSX released coming at some point in the future.

The only other game with two wins was MGSV, but even so, Konami was the big loser of the evening.

During the show, it was revealed that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima was banned from attending the event and accepting the awards by Konami. He was reportedly planning to attend and even looking forward to it, but he still under contract and was barred by his former employer.

“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that,” producer and show host Geoff Keighley said. “Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s awards ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract. And it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.”

During the announcement, the crowd loudly booed the news.

Konami and Kojima underwent a very public split prior to the release of MGSV. The exact reason for the split is unknown, but of the two sides, Konami is coming off the worse in terms of reputation. This move should only serve to hurt the developer/publisher’s reputation even more.

There were plenty of good moments though, including a melancholy one.

The Game Awards featured a tribute to Nintendo’s recently deceased President, Satoru Iwata. It was a well deserved, and sad goodbye to a man that had a huge impact on one of the world’s largest industries.

There were also plenty of announcement regarding new titles.

Telltale had two major announcements: new Batman game and a new Walking Dead series starring Michonne. Psychonauts 2 is coming (via crowd-funding), Rock Band VR is a thing, and there’s a new Shaq-fu game on the way. Seriously.

Below are the rest of the 2015 Game Awards winners.

Jury Voted

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
CD Projekt Red

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Rocket League (Psyonix)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Lara Croft Go (Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix)

BEST NARRATIVE
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)

BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Ludvig Forssell, Justin Burnett, Daniel James/Kojima Productions)

BEST PERFORMANCE
Viva Seifert (Her Story)

GAMES FOR CHANGE
Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix)

BEST SHOOTER
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2/Nintendo)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)

BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

BEST FAMILY GAME
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4/Nintendo)

BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
Rocket League (Psyonix)

BEST MULTIPLAYER
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2/Nintendo)

Fan’s Choice

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

ESPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive/Team EnVyUs)

ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Optic Gaming

ESPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

TRENDING GAMER
Greg Miller

BEST FAN CREATION
Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)

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