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GDC and IGF winners recap and No Man's podium

Published: 09:09, 02 March 2017
No Man's Sky

With the award season in full swing, and most of it broadcasting live, there are bound to be some mishaps

Meme-worthy moments happen at every award show, like Ellen's selfie that broke the Internet, Steve Harvey and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong winner at Miss World and the Oscars respectively and, now, the winner not showing up at all. No Man's Sky developer, Hello Games, won the award for innovation at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, but they were no where to be found.

When they were announced winners, the team was eating dinner elsewhere.

After the reception No Man's Sky received after launch though, who can blame them. Hello Games’ Sean Murray said that they did not hear from the event's organisers about their apparent win. Hey, maybe the winner is Moonlight after all.

In case you missed it, here's a full rundown of GDC and IGF winners, regardless of whether they claimed their award or not:

GDC award winners:

  • Best Debut 

Firewatch - Campo Santo

  • Best Audio

Inside - Playdead

  • Innovation Award

No Man’s Sky - Hello Games

  • Best Technology

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Naughty Dog

  • Best VR/AR

Job Simulator - Owlchemy Labs

  • Best Visual Art

Inside - Playdead

  • Best Narrative

Firewatch - Campo Santo

  • Best Design

Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment

  • Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Pokémon Go - Niantic

  • Audience Award 

Battlefield 1 - EA/DICE

  • Game of the Year

Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment

IGF award winners:

  • Best Student Game

Un Pas Fragile

  • Excellence in Visual Art

Hyper Light Drifter

  • Excellence in Audio


  • Alt.Ctrl.GDC Award

Fear Sphere

  • Nuovo Award

Oikospiel Book I

  • Excellence in Design

Quadrilateral Cowboy

  • Excellence in Narrative

Ladykiller in a Bind

  • Audience Award

Hyper Light Drifter

  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Quadrilateral Cowboy

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