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Social media giant Facebook has celebrated another year in video games by announcing the winners of its annual Game of the Year Awards.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

December 22, 2016

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Social media giant Facebook has celebrated another year in video games by announcing the winners of its annual Game of the Year Awards. 

This year, the company introduced new categories like Best Instant Games, Best Gameroom Games, and Best Use of Facebook Live to cover as much ground as possible, and there are multiple winners in each one. 

That said, only one can take home the coveted Game of the Year prize, and this year the statue goes to Gardenscapes - New Acres

Playrix's social gardening sim nabbed the top prize thanks to its deft combination of simulation elements, time management mechanics, and match-3 gameplay. 

Other notable winners include Pokemon Go and Clash Royale, which were both honored in the Best Mobile category.

EA's Bejeweled Stars was one of seven winners in the Best Web Games pool, while Blizzard's online game platform Battle.net was commended for its use of Facebook Live. 

You can find a complete list of winners below, and find out more about each category and game over on Facebook's developer blog.

Best Web Games

  • Poker Heat by Playtika

  • Naruto Online by Oasis Games 

  • Taonga: The Island Farm by Volka

  • Liberators by MutantBox

  • Bejeweled Stars by EA

  • League of Angels II by Youzu 

  • Take 5 Free Slots by Double U Games

  • Slots—Wizard of Oz by Zynga

Best Mobile Games

  • Pokémon GO by Niantic

  • Clash Royale by Supercell

  • 阴阳师 by NetEase 

Best Gameroom Games

  • Oz: Broken Kingdom by NEXON M

  • Critical Ops by Critical Force 

  • Game of Dice by JOYCITY

Best Instant Games

  • Everwing by Blackstorm 

  • Endless Lake by Spilgames 

  • Hex FRVR by FRVR 

Best Integrations

  • Genies & Gems by Jam City

  • Total War Battles: Kingdom by Creative Assembly 

  • Shuffle Cats by King 

Best Use of Facebook Live

  • Battle.net by Blizzard

  • Texas HoldEm Poker by Zynga

  • Seven Knights by Netmarble Games

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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