The 22nd annual DICE Awards, held by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences took place last night in Las Vegas. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War absolutely cleaned up.
The latest Kratos adventure managed to grab a staggering nine awards out of 23 categories, including Game Design, Story, Original Music Composition, and the coveted Game Of The Year gong.
Last year The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the hot game of the show, and that only took home four awards. It’s safe to say people enjoyed God of War then.
The only other game to take home multiple awards last night was the (bloody excellent) indie platformer Celeste. That deservedly nabbed Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game and Action Game of the Year.
Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences said at the event:
Tonight, at the 22nd Annual DICE Awards, the interactive entertainment industry gathered together from all over the world to celebrate their trailblazers – the very best in video games and the teams who – with their amazing talent and vision – have created boundary defying experiences that have captivated global audiences. On behalf of the Academy, I congratulate not only this year’s incredible nominees, but the esteemed winners chosen by their peers.
Meanwhile, Microsoft corporate vice president and head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross was this year’s recipient of the Academy’s Hall of Fame Award.
She earned this prize for her efforts in expanding the Halo franchise, as well as her outstanding work promoting diversity across the industry for women, minority groups, and kids.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.