SXSW Gaming 2022 Announces Full List of Winners

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SXSW GAming 2022 - But Why Tho

Produced by Peach Maria Productions, SXSW Gaming 2022 was all virtual with a Livestream Ceremony hosted by Jana Morrison and Samantha Aucoin from SYFY’s Astrid & Lilly Save the World. But awards weren’t the only things, Grit and Superior dropped their World-Premiere Trailers, while viewers received special offers from Omaze, and animated The Gimmicks in an integrated animated narrative, with TikTok Viral Sensation Punk Rock Factory debuting a new song and official video.

A total of 40 unique games were in contention for honors in 12 categories — you can scroll down to check out the winners which include many for the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV with an expanded free trial which you can play through the entirety of A Realm Reborn and the award winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 for free with no restrictions on playtime.

“The last two years of the pandemic have been hard for so many — the entertainment industry was among those affected, but played a key role in providing adventure and escape for all — so we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the gaming industry and its many creators through tonight’s event,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. “We’d like to thank our production partner Peach Maria Productions, our hosts and presenters; and all of you in the gaming and esports community for continuing to bring the best in creativity and innovation to this industry.”

SXSW Gaming 2022 Awards Winners

VIDEO GAME OF THE YEAR: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

DEVELOPER: SQUARE ENIX

PUBLISHER: SQUARE ENIX


INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

DEVELOPER: Ember Lab

PUBLISHER: Ember Lab


TABLETOP GAME OF THE YEAR: Dune: Imperium

DEVELOPER: Dire Wolf Digital

PUBLISHER: Dire Wolf Digital


VR GAME OF THE YEAR: Resident Evil 4 VR

DEVELOPER: Armature Studio

PUBLISHER: Oculus Studios


MATTHEW CRUMP CULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD: Unpacking

DEVELOPER: Witch Beam

PUBLISHER: Humble Games

Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.


EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION, ART &VISUAL ACHIEVEMENT: Forza Horizon 5

DEVELOPER: Playground Games

PUBLISHER: Xbox Game Studios


EXCELLENCE IN GAME DESIGN: Inscryption

DEVELOPER: Daniel Mullins Games

PUBLISHER: Devolver Digital


EXCELLENCE IN ORIGINAL SCORE: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

DEVELOPER: SQUARE ENIX

PUBLISHER: SQUARE ENIX


EXCELLENCE IN MULTIPLAYER: It Takes Two

DEVELOPER: Hazelight

PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts


EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

DEVELOPER: SQUARE ENIX

PUBLISHER: SQUARE ENIX


EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO DESIGN: Resident Evil Village

DEVELOPER: Capcom

PUBLISHER: Capcom


EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

DEVELOPER: Insomniac Games

PUBLISHER: Sony Interactive Entertainment


You can find the full SXSW Gaming 2022 schedule here.