World’s largest video gaming award ceremony takes place in London. Alicia Powell reports.
“The Witcher 3” wins big
It was all jokes and fun as winners of the 33rd annual Golden Joystick Awards picked up their prizes in London.
The ceremony that honors the best of the international gaming industry took place at the London’s O2 Arena.
With over 9 million votes cast, this is the only gaming award event in the world voted for by the gamers themselves.
This years jack pot – the Ultimate Game of the Year Award – went to the action, role-playing game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” which also collected awards for the best storytelling, visual design, and gaming moment.
Michal Nowakowski from CD Projekt says they never anticipated the game to become as successful with both players and critics.
SOUNDBITE: Michal Nowakowski, Vice President for Business Development for CD Projekt, saying (English):
“Just ahead of the launch of the game I think we were very anxious, hoping that we have something special for the players. And we really hoped people would appreciate and like this. But were we anticipating, as in being almost sure, no, for sure not. I think we were extremely pleasantly taken with surprise when words of praise started rolling out from the players, from the gamers, and also from the critics.”
The other big winner of the night was Grand Theft Auto 5.
The game collected four awards, including the Innovation of the Year award for introduction of the first person mode.
The host of the awards ceremony British comedian and actor Danny Wallace says the gaming industry has moved to a new level with games becoming a family pastime rather than an activity only for children.
SOUNDBITE: Danny Wallace, comedian and actor, saying (English):
“It moved from the upstairs bedroom into the living room and its at the heart of the family as well and I think that this is where it will stay.”
Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the late CEO of Nintendo.