Mass Effect 2 was the big winner at the 2011 Canadian Videogame Awards, taking home Game of the Year honors and three other wins.
You all know that Mass Effect is made by BioWare and you all know that BioWare is based out of Edmonton, or at the very least that it's located somewhere up there in Canada. You may also know the videogame industry is a booming business in Canada, the third largest in the world, in fact, behind only the U.S. and Japan. What you may not know is that Canada also has its very own videogame awards ceremony, celebrating the very best of the Canadian game industry, but it does, but it does and last night everyone got together to hand out the hardware.
Mass Effect 2 went home with the big trophy, selected by the public as Game of the Year, and also got the nod for Best Console Game, Best Game Design and Best Writing. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, developed by Ubisoft Montreal, took two prizes for Best Audio and Best Visual Arts, while Hothead Games took the Best Downloadable Game title with Deathspank.
"The work on display at the ceremony tonight was world-class and illustrated once again that Canadian game developers are second to none when it comes to creating interactive entertainment!" said Canadian Videogame Awards host and co-founder Victor Lucas.
The winners list, in full:
- Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
- Best Console Game: Mass Effect 2 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
- Best Game on the Go: Osmos for iPad (Hemisphere Games)
- Best Downloadable Game: Deathspank (Hothead Games/Electronic Arts)
- Best Audio: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
- Best Social/Casual Game: Pocket God on Facebook (Frima Studio/Bolt Creative)
- Best Game Design: Mass Effect 2 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
- Best Technology: Kinect for XBOX 360 (Big Park Game Studio/Microsoft)
- Best Visual Arts: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
- Best Writing: Mass Effect 2 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
- Best Student Game: WOMP! (XnEh?/Centre for Digital Media)
- Innovation Award: ModNation Racers (United Front Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Best Student Game and Innovation Award were new categories for 2011, but oddly there was no separate category for PC games. The CVGA explained on Twitter that it was "super-tough" for its advisory board to select the categories but said the PC would "hopefully" make a return next year.
Source: Yahoo! Finance