THE GAME AWARDS is proud to announce the games nominated for this year's awards. Winners will be revealed live on Thursday, Dec 10.
GAME OF THE YEAR
Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.
BEST GAME DIRECTION
Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.
For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.
BEST ART DIRECTION
For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.
BEST SCORE AND MUSIC
For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and /or licensed soundtrack.
BEST AUDIO DESIGN
Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.
Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.
GAMES FOR IMPACT
For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.
Awarded for a game to outstanding development of ongoing content that evolve the player experience over time.
For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.
BEST MOBILE GAME
For the best game playable on mobile.
BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.
For the est game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.
INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY
Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.
For the best action genre focused primarily in combat.
For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.
BEST ROLE PLAYING
For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including MMO.
For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.
For the best game appropriate for the family play, irrespective of genre or platform.
Best game focused on real time or turn based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.
For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.
For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including coop and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.
BEST DEBUT GAME
For the best debut game by a new independent studio.
BEST ESPORTS GAME
For the game that has delivered the best overall experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of game genre or platform.