This year at the 2016 Game Awards in downtown Los Angeles, the audience was overjoyed to hear that this year’s Game of the Year award went to Blizzard’s hit MMO FPS Overwatch! The night represented an achievement for the Overwatch team as the developers walked up on stage to accept the coveted award having bested other nominations including Doom, Inside, Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Overwatch also won awards in Best Game Direction, Best Multiplayer, and Best Esports Game.
The popular shooter was released back in May and since then has gathered millions of player from across the globe, formed multiple Esports teams, released several acclaimed short films, and has hosted it’s own world cup.The Overwatch team went on to state that the award in truth belongs to their staff, the employees at Blizzard, and the Overwatch fans’ hard work and dedication. They’re proud that the world and the characters they’ve created carry messages about heroism, diversity, and a bright, positive, hopeful future.
With the amount of work and hours that went into developing Overwatch, any fan of the franchise should feel a source of pride to see such a beloved game receive such a prestigious award. For a franchise that’s evolved beyond PvP into a larger gaming icon in such a short time, with it’s memorable characters, exciting story and rich lore, and a world filled with hardships and victories, Overwatch truly has gone beyond its watch.