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BioWare Austin Cleans Up GDC Online Competition With Four Awards

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Posted on October 11, 2012 AT 04:00pm

BioWare may have fallen on a rough patch with both founders retiring and waning subscriptions in their MMO properties, but they’ve nonetheless gotten quite a reception at the GDC Online. Four awards’ worth, in fact.

Against stiff competition such as TeraWorld of Warcraft, and Diablo III, BioWare Austin has inexplicably won the lion’s share of the Austin, Texas-based event’s Game Developer’s Choice Online Awards:

Best Online Game Design

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Woodland Heroes (Row Sham Bow)

Best Online Visual Arts

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • Age of Empires Online (Robot Entertainment & Gas Powered Games)
  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)

Best Community Relations

  • Winner: League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Solitaire Blitz (PopCap/EA)
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)
  • Diamond Dash (Wooga)

Best Online Technology

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)
  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

Best Social Network Game

  • Winner: Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

Best Audio for an Online Game

  • Winner: Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Tribes: Ascend (Hi-Rez Studios)
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Playdom/Disney)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)

Best New Online Game

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)

Best Live Game

  • Winner: League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • CityVille (Zynga)
  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • EVE Online (CCP Games)

Online Innovation Award

  • Winner: Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DayZ Mod for ArmA II (Dean Hall/Bohemia Interactive)
  • Idle Worship (Idle Games)

Riot Games also had a decent showing, with League of Legends winning two awards away from competitors Zynga, Trion Worlds, Blizzard, EA, and Wargaming.

This was also GDC Online’s last event in Austin, Texas, as the convention will reportedly be moving locations. Two likely settings will be either Los Angeles, where E3 is annually held, or San Francisco, where the main Game Developer’s Conference has typically taken place.

Source: GDC Online

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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