SXSW: Overwatch wins Esports Game of the Year

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch won the Esports Game of the Year at the SXSW Conference Gaming Awards on Saturday evening.

The award was accepted by a Overwatch's story lead writer Michael Chu, who said that the company believed that if the studio created a good game, esports success would come with it.

The game beat out fellow finalists Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct: Season 3 and Street Fighter V.

The award comes after the game launched in May of 2016, with its esports competitions launching prior to its official release during the beta stage.

Since then, Blizzard has announced its intentions to launch a geolocated Overwatch League in September with a heavy emphasis on involving sports franchises. Other leagues, such as OGN APEX in South Korea and Overwatch Premier Series in China, have launched in the past six months.