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Outer Wilds won the 2015 Independent Games Festival’s grand prize and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor took home Game of the Year at the 2015 GDC Awards.

Outer Wilds was also the most prolific winner of the Indie Games Festival, pulling home a second award for Excellence in Design in what was a field of wide-ranging games in all categories.

Shadow of Mordor, meanwhile, only took home one award, but it was the biggest one of the night for the GDC Awards, which immediately followed the IGF. Monument Valley actually walked away with the most trophies, though, with three. Other notables include Alien: Isolation for Best Sound and Destiny for Best Technology.

Aside from the nine awards given out in specific categories, the GDC Awards also recognized Brenda Romero with the Ambassador Award for her over 30 years of service in the games industry. David Braben was also honored with the Pioneer Award for his work in the game Elite from the early 1980s. And finally, Hironobu Sakaguchi was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for creating the Final Fantasy series.

At the IGFs, This War of Mine received the Audience Award as voted on by the fans.

For all of the nominees in each category, you can check out the list below. Winners of the various categories in the Independent Games Festival also received cash prizes for their victories. Winners from both events have been bolded.

Independent Games Festival: 

Excellence in Audio
Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure
Phonopath
The Sailor’s Dream
Shovel Knight
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Thumper

Excellence in Design
80 Days
Framed
Invisible, Inc.
Killer Queen
Outer Wilds
The Talos Principle

Excellence in Visual Art
Donut County
else Heart.Break()
Lumino City
Memory of a Broken Dimension
Metamorphabet
Oquonie

Excellence in Narrative
80 Days
Coming Out Simulator 2014
Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration
PRY
This War of Mine
Three Fourths Home

Nuovo Award
BECOME A GREAT ARTIST IN 10 SECONDS
Bounden
Desert Golfing
Elegy for a Dead World
how do you Do it?
Plug & Play
Rooftop Cop
Tetrageddon Games

Student Showcase
a-part-ment
Close Your
Downwell
Even the Stars
Gemini
Interloper
Rooftop Cop
Stellar Smooch

Seumas McNally Grand Prize
80 Days
Invisible, Inc.
Metamorphabet
Outer Wilds
The Talos Principle
This War of Mine

Game Developers Choice Awards:

Best Debut
The Astronauts
Respawn Entertainment
Stoic Studio
Upper One Games
Yacht Club Games

Innovation Award
Bounden
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Monument Valley
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
This War of Mine

Best Technology
Destiny
Elite: Dangerous
Far Cry 4
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Best Audio
Alien: Isolation
Destiny
Hohokum
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Transistor

Best Visual Art
Alien: Isolation
Bayonetta 2
Child of Light
Hohokum
Monument Valley

Best Narrative
80 Days
Kentucky Route Zero: Act III
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
This War of Mine

Best Design
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Shovel Knight

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
80 Days
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Monument Valley
Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Threes!

Game of the Year
Alien: Isolation
Bayonetta 2
Destiny
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards have announced who will be receiving this year’s Ambassador and Pioneer Awards at the awards show in March.

The Ambassador Award is given to someone who has helped videogames advance through advocacy or action. This year’s recipient is media critic Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video series that explores representations of women in pop culture, with a particular focus on gaming.

The Pioneer Award is given to those who brought about breakthrough tech or gameplay design milestones. This year’s recipients are Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, the co-founders of Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends. With more than 67 million players a month and a driving force behind the growth of eSports, League of Legends has become a phenomenon like few others in the gaming industry.

The Game Developers Choice Awards, hosted this year by Respawn Entertainment’s Abbie Heppe, are a part of the Game Developers Conference held each year in San Francisco. This year’s show will take place March 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. PT at the San Francisco Moscone Center. The awards are open to all GDC attendees. Immediately preceding the show is the Independent Games Festival Awards, hosted this year by Nathan Vella, president and co-founder of Capybara Games.