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Overwatch Takes Esports Crown at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards

In a new round of public and industry acceptance, Overwatch was recognized at South By South West (SXSW) for its competitive potential.

The vibrant team-based first-person shooter was nominated in ten different categories, of which it took home gaming awards for Excellent in Multiplayer, Most Promising New Intellectual Property, Trending Game of the Year, and Esports Game of the Year. For the latter, Overwatch had to compete against titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Street Fighter V, Gears of War 4, and Killer Instinct.

Being awarded for its popularity and competitive aspect will be a huge boost for Blizzard. The company is currently busy in finalizing the inauguration of the highly anticipated Overwatch League in the coming months. There is no telling how many esports awards Overwatch will clean up once the league gets underway. As such, Blizzard should start finding itself a larger cabinet.

Having made it almost a habit to secure Game of the Rear awards at every event, Overwatch was unfortunate to miss out at SXSW. The prestigious title was instead bestowed on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the critically acclaimed conclusion to the storied franchise of Naughty Dog. Nathan Drake was the big winner over the weekend, winning five awards in total.

SXSW features a panel of industry experts who decide on the top five choices in every category. The finalized nominees are then left open for the public to place their votes in.

Earlier this month, Overwatch pocketed the 2017 GDC Game of the Year Award. Prior to that, it picked up the Game of the Year award at the 2017 DICE Awards, as well as the Action Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design awards.

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 a year.