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Overwatch last night was crowned Game of the Year at The 2016 Game Awards.

Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed team-based multiplayer FPS title was presented with the top award by Geoff Keighley during the end of year awards ceremony with Blizzard executives Jeff Kaplan, Ray Gresko, Bill Petras and Arnold Tseng taking to the stage to accept.

Overwatch was created by a an incredibly talented and passionate team and I’m so happy to see that this award is going to acknowledge all of their efforts over the last few years,” said Blizzard’s Ray Gresko.

“Whilst we have been very happy with how the game has been received we’re also extremely proud that this game and the world we’re building has a message, and it’s a message about heroism, it’s a message about diversity, it’s a message about a bright, positive and hopeful future.

“And these are all things that we really believe everyone really needs a bit of right now.”

Gresko also teased that the studio were “not done yet” and still had a “lot further to go”

Game of the Year wasn’t the only award that Overwatch took home, it was also crowned Best Game Direction, Best Multiplayer Game, and Best eSports Game.

Elsewhere, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End picked up two awards on the night for Best Narrative and Best Performance as Nolan North won for his portrayal of series protagonist Nathan Drake.

Doom also earned two awards for itself, taking home Best Music/Sound Design and Best Action Game whilst The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was voted as the Most Anticipated Game.

Independent game Inside also won a couple of awards, Best Art Direction and Best Independent Game, whilst the popular craze Pokemon Go won for Best Mobile/Handheld Game and Best Family Game.

That Dragon, Cancer won for Games for Impact whilst Rez Infinite won Best VR Game, Dishonored 2 won Best Action/Adventure Game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine won Best RPG and Street Fighter V won Best Fighting Game.

Civilization VI won Best Strategy Game and Forza Horizon 3 won Best Sports/Racing Game.

A few personalities also were awarded last night, with Cloud9 winning Best eSports Team, Marcelo “coldzera” David winning Best eSports Player and YouTuber Boogie2988 taking home Trending Gamer.

Hideo Kojima, who last year was prevented from attending The Game Awards, also took to the stage to accept the Industry Icon Award.

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