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Monolith Productions’ ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ recently won the award for Game of the Year at this year’s recent Game Developers Choice Awards.

On top of ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ winning the award, a slew of other titles also took in a variety of awards at the event. One of the blatant knockouts was ‘Monument Valley’, which wracked in awards for Innovation, Best Handheld Title and Visual Art. Other notables come from ‘Alien: Isolation’ on Best Audio, and ‘Destiny’ on Best Tech.

The 15th annual GDC Awards, held every year alongside the Game Developers Conference, contain awards that are determined by a vote conducted by members of the industry rather than press or players. The event is generally one of the more legitimate awards shows around due to this factor alone.

A complete list of the Game Developers Choice Awards category nominees and respective winners can be found below:

Game of the Year:

  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • Destiny (Bungie)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly)

Innovation Award:

  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Bounden (Game Oven)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • This War of Mine (11 bit studios)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Debut:

  • Stoic Studio (The Banner Saga)
  • Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight)
  • Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall)
  • The Astronauts (The Vanishing of Ethan Carter)
  • Upper One Games (Never Alone)

Best Design:

  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo EAD Tokyo and 1-Up Studio)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game:

  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Threes! (Sirvo)
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Sora Ltd. and BANDAI NAMCO Games)
  • Hearthstone (Blizzard)
  • 80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Best Visual Art:

  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Hohokum (Honeyslug and Sony Santa Monica)
  • Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games)
  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly)

Best Narrative:

  • Kentucky Route Zero: Episode 3 (Cardboard Computer)
  • 80 Days (Inkle Studios)
  • This War of Mine (11 bit studios)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  •  The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Audio:

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Hohokum (Honeyslug)
  • Destiny (Bungie)
  • Transistor (Supergiant Games)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Technology:

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames)
  • Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments)
  • Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)

What do you think of the winners this year? Got any you really agree with or any you strongly disagree with? Let us know in the comments below!