RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – “Gears of War,” the action-filled video game developed by Epic Games for Microsoft Game Studios, took home “Best Game” honors this week at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Gears of War, which was developed for play on the Microsoft Xbox game system and online, also won two other awards: technology and visual arts. The Game Developers Conference, put on by the International Game Developers Association, selected winners in seven categories for games and also presented awards to four individuals.
The awards the latest in a series of honors for the Triangle-based gaming company.

Gears of War has already sold more than 3 million copies worldwide since it was released last November.

In the Game of the Year category, Gears of War won over Wii Sports from Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess from Nintendo EAD, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Bethesda Game Studios, and Okami from Clover Studio and Capcom Entertainment.

Gears of War also dominated the 10th annual Interactive Achievement Awards, taking eight top honors.

In December, Epic received the Studio of the Year award and Gears of War added three other category honors at the Spike TV Video Games Awards.

Also at the developers conference, “Dreamfall: The Longest Journey,” which is from Funcom, was a finalist in the writing category. Funcom, an international game company, has an office and its U.S. headquarters in Durham.