Complete list of nominees for the 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards
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The complete list of nominees for the 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards has been announced ahead of the SXSW Gaming Expo in March.

SXSW first introduced the Gaming Awards in 2014 and will now host its sixth annual gaming-themed awards show to celebrate some of the top video game titles and their developers in 2018.

There are 21 unique categories, ranging from “Excellence in Art” to “Most Promising New Esports Game.” Categories will feature five nominees each. Popular titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2 find themselves on more than one list, while a few indie games have also secured spots in several categories.

Voting opened Monday to allow fans the ability to cast their vote for their favorite candidates in each of the 21 categories. The ballots close Feb. 17, so fans have almost a full week to submit their choices. Nominees will be chosen based on a weighted total between public and advisory board votes.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony, which will occur at the Hilton Austin Downtown on March 16 at 7 p.m. CT.  

Below is the complete list of nominees for the 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards.

Excellence in SFX
Battlefield V – EA Dice / Electronic Arts
Forza Horizon 4 - Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games
Tetris Effect - Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Art
GRIS - Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Octopath Traveler - Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Return of the Obra Dinn - 3909 LLC
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Animation
Detroit: Become Human - Quantic Dream / SIE
Dragon Ball FighterZ - Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games

Excellence in Gameplay
Beat Saber - Beat Games
Dead Cells - Motion Twin
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Technical Achievement
Astro Bot Rescue Mission - ASOBI / SIE
Detroit: Become Human - Quantic Dream / SIE
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games

Excellence in Multiplayer
Destiny 2: Forsaken - Bungie
Fortnite - Epic Games
Monster Hunter: World - Capcom
Overcooked 2 - Ghost Town Games / Team 17
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo

Excellence in Narrative
Celeste - Matt Makes Games
Detroit: Become Human - Quantic Dream / SIE
Florence - Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE

Excellence in Visual Achievement
Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Ubisoft Québec / Ubisoft
Detroit: Become Human - Quantic Dream / SIE
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
GRIS - Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games

Excellence in Convergence 
Dragon Ball FighterZ - Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 - Electronic Arts
Jurassic World Evolution - Frontier Developments
Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Star Trek Fleet Command - DIGIT Game Studio / Scopely

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
11-11: Memories Retold - Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Celeste - Matt Makes Games
Monster Prom - Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit - Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine - Johnnemann Nordhagen / Good Shepherd Entertainment

Excellence in Musical Score
Celeste - Matt Makes Games
GRIS - Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler - Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games
Tetris Effect - Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Excellence in Design
Donut County - Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Into the Breach - Subset Games
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games
Return of the Obra Dinn - 3909 LLC

Most Promising New Intellectual Property
Ashen - A44 / Annapurna Interactive
Beat Saber - Beat Games
Dead Cells - Motion Twin
GRIS - Nomada Studio - Devolver Digital
Octopath Traveler - Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo

Most Evolved Game
Destiny 2: Forsaken - Bungie
Fortnite - Epic Games
No Man's Sky NEXT - Hello Games
Overwatch - Blizzard
Pokémon Go - Niantic / The Pokémon Company

Most Promising New Esports Game
NBA 2K19 - NBA 2K League / 2K Games
Dragon Ball FighterZ - Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc
Fortnite - Epic Games
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game - CD Projekt Red / CD Projekt
SOULCALIBUR VI - BANDAI NAMCO Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
CrossCode - Radical Fish Games / Deck13 Interactive GmbH
Monster Prom - Beautiful Glitch / Those Awesome Guys
Moonlighter - Digital Sun / 11 bit studios
Root - Leder Games
Wandersong - Greg Lobanov / Humble Bundle

Trending Game of the Year
Beat Saber - Beat Games
Celeste - Matt Makes Games
Marvel’s Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Monster Hunter: World - Capcom
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games

VR Game of the Year
Astro Bot Rescue Mission - ASOBI / SIE
Beat Saber - Beat Games
Moss - Polyarc Games
Sprint Vector - Survios, Inc.
Tetris Effect - Resonair / Monstars Inc. / Enhance, Inc.

Tabletop Game of the Year
Brass: Birmingham - Roxley Game Laboratory
Everdell - Starling Games
Keyforge: Call of the Archons - Fantasy Flight Games
Root - Leder Games
Western Legends - Kolossal Games

Mobile Game of the Year
Alto’s Odyssey - Team Alto
Donut County - Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive
Florence - Mountains / Annapurna Interactive
Fortnite - Epic Games
Marvel Strike Force - FoxNext Games LA / FoxNext

Video Game of the Year
Celeste - Matt Makes Games
God of War - Sony Santa Monica / SIE
Marvel’s Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / SIE
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar Games
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo