The DICE Awards, hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in Las Vegas, saw Overwatch make more space for its cabinet of achievements.
In the category of Game of the Year, Blizzard’s vibrant team-based shooter was nominated alongside Battlefield 1, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Inside, and Pokémon Go. Following the tally of votes by game developers, who are members of the academy, Overwatch was recognized as the game of the year for its tremendous popularity and success.
In addition, the game also won in three other categories: Action Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design. In doing so, Overwatch jumped over heavy hitters like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Titanfall 2, The Division, DOOM, and Gears of War 4.
Overall, it was Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End that led the way in terms of nominations. The PlayStation 4 exclusive was mentioned in 10 different categories, picking up four of them in the end.
Overwatch is the fastest selling PC game in China, having sold over five million copies to date. At present, it boasts a worldwide player-base of over 25 million. The numbers are astonishing when you take into account that the game has only been out for less than a year.
Blizzard is currently busy preparing for the upcoming Overwatch League which is slated to commence in the third quarter. Details revealed so far have confirmed that the league will not feature a drafting system for players. This is to ensure stability and prevent existing teams from being torn apart.
In addition, several new features are being prepared to roll out for the game that are necessary for an enjoyable watching experience. There is also strong consideration to include in-game items, sales of which will be shared with the teams.
Overwatch is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.