DICE Awards 2015: GotY goes to DA: Inquisition

The DICE Awards 2015 convention and summit has taken place in Las Vegas from the 2nd to the 5th of February. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, host of the event, announced through twitter that Dragon Age: Inquisition was named Game of the Year 2014. Released in November 2014 and despite a not-so-successful launch, the game quickly climbed the ladder to success becoming one of the most played and streamed titles for the last three months. The game has received an array of awards including the GLAAD Media Award for Special Recognition and The Game Award for Best Role Playing Game. The win was unexpected as the game was only nominated for two of the DICE Awards 2015 available prizes: GotY and Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year, which the title also won.

One of the main protagonists at the DICE Awards 2015 was Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which managed to win 8 awards out of the 9 it was nominated for, including a few Outstanding Achievements such as the one for best character, animation, design and technical improvements.The game was also rewarded with the Adventure Game of the Year Award, missing out only on the Game of the Year title. Other games which appeared during the DICE Awards 2015 and deserve to be mentioned are Bungie’s Destiny, which won the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design and Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition awards as well as being named Action game of the Year and receiving and Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay; Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft which was awarded the prize for best strategy/simulation game of the year and Mobile Game of the Year and LittleBigPlanet 3, which brought home the title of best Family game of the year.

The Dice Awards 2015 convention took place at the at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science is composed by publishers, developers and members of the Independent Game Developers Association. A few key figures in the game industry were also celebrated during the event including Pong creator Allan Alcorn and the “father of videogames” Ralph Baer, known by that name due to his continuous efforts and support to the newborn industry back in the latter half of the 20th century. A full list of the nominees, as well as all of the winners at Dice Awards 2015 can be found on the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science’s official twitter feed.