BioWare’s “Dragon Age: Inquisition” took home the top prize for game of the year at the first Game Awards, hosted in Las Vegas on Friday. The title, published by Electronic Arts, also won for best role-playing game.
Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros.” beat out the competition for best fighting game, while its “Mario Kart 8” took the prize for best sports game and best family game. Nintendo also took the top prize for developer of the year.
The event, produced by Geoff Keighley, honored Yacht Club Games’ “Shovel Knight” with best independent game.
Keighley, who also was behind Spike TV’s “The Video Game Awards,” enlisted the support of the three major console makers, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as the largest publishers to produce the new show.
“Valient Hearts: The Great War” won for best narrative and the games for change category. Trey Parker took the prize for best performance for his voice work in “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” beating out Kevin Spacey, in “Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.”
Rockstar Games’ updated version of “Grand Theft Auto V” for the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles won the award for best remastered game.
Warner Bros.’ “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” took the prize for best action adventure title. while Ubisoft’s “Far Cry 4” won for best shooter, beating out the latest “Call of Duty,” “Destiny” and “Titanfall.”
Best online experience went to Activision’s “Destiny,” which also won for best score; while Blizzard’s card game “Hearthstone” won for best mobile-handheld game.
Looking ahead at upcoming releases, the event gave “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” the most anticipated game award, besting “Batman: Arkham Knight,” “Bloodborne,” “Evolve,” and “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
Ninjas in Pajamas won eSports Team of the Year for “Counter-Strike: Global Offense.”
Maker Studios’ TotalBiscuit won in the trending gamer category, beating out PewDiePie.
And “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” by Anonymous, won in the best creation category.
Gamemakers Roberta and Ken Williams were singled out as industry icons.
The three-hour event was hosted in the Axis Theater in Las Vegas’s Planet Hollywood.
In addition to handing out awards, event presented first looks at upcoming releases and performances by music acts like Imagine Dragons.
Jamie N Commons also performed his single “Karma,” which will serve as the theme music of Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield Hardline.”