Zynga’s Draw Something won the award for Best Social Network Game at last night’s Game Developer’s Choice Online Awards ceremony.
This is the first time Zynga managed to take home a GDC Online Award, even though its games have been nominated for the past two years. Playdom snagged the Best Social Network Game award in 2011 for Gardens of Time and 2010 for Social City.
This time, however, Zynga had the odds on its side because three of its games filled the five nomination slots. Aside from Draw Something, Zynga Dallas’s CastleVille and Zynga LA’s Empires & Allies were also eligible for the award, as were EA Playfish’s The Sims Social and Cygames/Mobage’s Rage of Bahamut.
Social games also received another nod in this year’s nominations. Idle Games’ high-profile debut social title Idle Worship was up for the Online Innovation Award, but lost out to the critically-hailed PSN adventure Journey.