World’s largest video gaming award ceremony takes place in London

World’s largest video gaming award ceremony takes place in London, with role-playing adventure “The Witcher 3” collecting the Ultimate Game of the Year award.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 30, 2015) (REUTERS) – It was all jokes and fun as winners of the 33rd annual Golden Joystick Awards ceremony picked up their awards in London on Friday (October 30).

The ceremony that honours the best of the international gaming industry took place at the London’s O2 Arena.

With over 9 million votes cast, this is the only gaming award ceremony in the world voted for by the gamers themselves.

This years jack pot – the Ultimate Game of the Year Award – went to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, the action, role-playing game. “The Witcher” has also collected awards for the best storytelling, best visual design, and best gaming moment.

Michal Nowakowski, the Vice President for Business Development for CD Projekt behind the ‘The Witcher’ said they never anticipated the game to become as successful with both players and critics.

“Just ahead of the launch of the game I think we were very anxious, hoping that we have something special for the players. And we really hoped people would appreciate and like this. But were we anticipating, as in being almost sure, no, for sure not. I think we were extremely pleasantly taken with surprise when words of praise started rolling out from the players, from the gamers, and also from the critics,”

The other big winner of the night was Grand Theft Auto (GTA). The game collected four awards, including the Innovation of the Year award for introduction of the first person mode in GTA 5.

“Sometimes with awards that are voted by the public you feel like you know who is going to win because it’s going to be people who sold the most. Not always the case and it hasn’t been certainly with the Golden Joysticks. There have been some really deserving winners, “The Witcher 3″ was the biggest winner of the night and I think this is richly deserved, it’s such an amazing game, it’s superbly crafted, I think you really couldn’t hope for a more deserving set of winners than we’ve got,” said the editor at Kotaku UK publication, who attended the ceremony no Friday.

The host of the awards ceremony British comedian and actor Danny Wallace said the gaming industry has moved to a new level in the last view decades, with games becoming a family passtime rather than an activity only for children.

“We’ve all grown up with it, you know. In the old days people would say, ‘oh yeah, games are for kids’, and it would be mainly kids playing it and the grown ups won’t really understand. And then those kids became grown ups and started making games that they knew would be fun for the kids that they used to be. And then they grew up and they have kids. It just keeps becoming that thing that families can share as well. And the mums and dads who played this game can play it with their kids, it’s another thing for us to share. And that just means that it will now be around forever. And I think as we have things like Apple TV – with the new Apple TV you can do lots of games on it as well – so it moved from the upstairs bedroom into the living room and its at the heart of the family as well and I think that this is where it will stay,” Wallace said.

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the late CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 55. His received the award for his aim to make gaming less complex and open to everyone.