At this year's Game Developer's Choice Online Awards, League of Legends, Bioware and Blizzard were a prime target for awards, while Zynga was the prime target for jabs from the evening's host, Rebel Entertainment's Mike Goslin.
"Did you hear that Zynga is getting into real money gambling? I'm not talking about their IPO," Goslin says as the audience chuckled along.
Despite that, the house that built FarmVille had five games nominated in various caregories and its Draw Something, a game acquired when the game maker acquired to the NY-based OMG Pop, won the award for the Best Social Network Game.
Playfish, Wooga, PopCap, Playdom and Kabam also received nominee nods, but Bioware, and League of Legends were the two big winners of the night.
Playdom Design VP Raph Koster was honored with the Online Game Legend Award. Koster offered a few words of advice to developers which included "Listen and lean, especially from players," "love what you do" and a heartfelt "love your family more."
The complete list of award winners for the evening are as follows:
Best Social Network Game: Draw Something, Zynga
Best Online Game Design: Star Wars The Old Republic, Bioware
Best Community Relations: League of Legends, Riot Games
Online Hall of Fame Award: World of Warcraft, Blizzard
Best Audio for an Online Game: Diablo III, Blizzard
Best Online Visual Arts: Star Wars the Old Republic, Bioware
Online Innovation Award: Journey, That Game Company
Online Game Legend Award: Raph Koster, Playdom
Audience Award: League of Legends, Riot Games
Best Online Technology: Star Wars The Old Republic
Best Live Game: League of Legends, Riot Games
Best New Online Game: Star Wars The Old Republic