Star Wars: The Old Republic, the MMO from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts, might not be in the best commercial shape but the game has managed to get four big awards at the GDC Online awards.The Old Republic was launched in late 2011 and is set to adopt the free-to-play business model during November in order to boost its flagging number of subscribers.
A quick look at the video games that received awards in the nine categories and those who were nominated will probably give MMO interested gamers a good idea of the state of the genre and the titles that are best suited to their own tastes.
The full list of winners includes:
Best Online Game Design
Star Wars: The Old Republic - BioWare Austin
Nominees: Glitch, Realm of the Mad God, DragonVale, Woodland Heroes.
Best Online Visual ArtsStar Wars: The Old Republic - BioWare Austin
Nominees: Tera, Empires & Allies, Age of Empires Online, Glitch.
Best Community RelationsLeague of Legends - Riot Games
Nominees: World of WarCraft, Solitaire Blitz, World of Tanks, Diamond Dash.
Best Online TechnologyStar Wars: The Old Republic - BioWare Austin
Nominees: Diablo III, Indiana Jones Adventure World. Tera, The Sims Social.
Best Social Network GameDraw Something - OMGPOP/Zynga
Nominees: CastleVille, Rage Of Bahamut, Empires & Allies, The Sims Social.
Best Audio for an Online GameDiablo III - Blizzard Entertainment
Nominees: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Tribes: Ascend, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Indiana Jones Adventure World.
Best New Online GameStar Wars: The Old Republic - BioWare Austin
Nominees: CastleVille , DragonVale, Draw Something, Rage Of Bahamut.
Best Live GameLeague of Legends - Riot Games
Nominees: Rift, CityVille, World of WarCraft, EVE Online.
Online Innovation AwardJourney – thatgamecompany
Nominees: Realm of the Mad God, Star Wars: The Old Republic, DayZ Mod for ArmA II, Idle Worship.