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The Game Awards 2023 Roundup: Winners, Reveals & More

By FileTrekker 2 months ago, last updated 2 months ago

It's December, and that means one thing - Geoff Keighley has gathered the great and the good of the video game industry into one giant auditorium to take huge swathes of time revealing new trailers, announcing new games, and occasionally handing out an award or two. Don't worry if you missed it, though, we've got a full roundup of everything that went down.

It's worth noting before we get into this year's awards that the winners were decided by a panel of 100+ notable media outlets and influencers, of whom GameFront was obviously not a part. That being said, I think I largely agree with the winners across all the categories, so we're golden. Baldur's Gate 3 swept up a SIX of the awards, including Game of the Year, as you'd expect, with Alan Wake 2 also winning in three categories, but here's the full rundown of all the awards, winners, and nominees.

Best Esports Event

🏆Winner: 2023 League of Legends World Championship
🥈Nominees:

  • BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023
  • EVO 2023
  • The International Dota 2 Championships 2023
  • Valorant Champions 2023

Best Esports Coach

🏆Winner: Christine "Potter" Chi
🥈Nominees:

  • Danny "Zonic" Sorensen
  • Jordan "Gunba" Graham 
  • Remy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam 
  • Yoon "Homme" Sung-Young

Best Esports Team

🏆Winner: JD Gaming
🥈Nominees:

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • Team Vitality

Best Esports Athlete

🏆Winner: Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok
🥈Nominees:

  • Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
  • Max "Demon1" Mazanov 
  • Paco "HyDra" Rusiewiez 
  • Park "Ruler" Jae-Hyuk 
  • Phillip "ImperialHal" Dosen

Best Esports Game

🏆Winner: Valorant
🥈Nominees:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • PUBG Mobile

Content Creator of the Year

🏆Winner: Ironmouse
🥈Nominees:

  • PeopleMakeGames
  • Quackity
  • Spreen
  • SypherPK

Most Anticipated Game

🏆Winner: Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth
🥈Nominees:

  • Hades 2
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth 
  • Star Wars Outlaws
  • Tekken 8

Best Adaptation

🏆Winner: The Last of Us
🥈Nominees:

  • Castlevania: Nocturne
  • Gran Turismo
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie 
  • Twisted Metal

Best Multiplayer

🏆Winner: Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Diablo 4
  • Party Animals
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder 

Best Sports/Racing

🏆Winner: Forza Motorsport
🥈Nominees:

  • EA Sports FC 24
  • F1 23
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged
  • The Crew Motorfest

Best Sim/Strategy

🏆Winner: Pikmin 4
🥈Nominees:

  • Advanced Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
  • Cities: Skylines 2
  • Company of Heroes 3
  • Fire Emblem Engage

Best Family

🏆Winner: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
🥈Nominees:

  • Disney Illusion Island
  • Party Animals
  • Pikmin 4
  • Sonic Superstars

Best Fighting Game

🏆Winner: Street Fighter 6
🥈Nominees:

  • God of Rock
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 
  • Pocket Bravery

Best RPG

🏆Winner: Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Final Fantasy 16
  • Lies of P 
  • Sea of Stars 
  • Starfield 

Best Action/Adventure

🏆Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
🥈Nominees:

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Best Action Game

🏆Winner: Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
🥈Nominees:

  • Dead Island 2
  • Ghostrunner 2 
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Remnant 2

Best VR/AR

🏆Winner: Resident Evil Village VR Mode
🥈Nominees:

  • Gran Turismo 7 
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain 
  • Humanity
  • Synapse

Best Mobile Game

🏆Winner: Honkai: Star Rail
🥈Nominees:

  • Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • Monster Hunter Now
  • Terra Nil 

Best Debut Indie Game

🏆Winner: Cocoon
🥈Nominees:

  • Dredge
  • Pizza Tower
  • Venba
  • Viewfinder

Best Independent Game

🏆Winner: Sea of Stars
🥈Nominees:

  • Cocoon
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dredge
  • Viewfinder

Best Community Support

🏆Winner: Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • No Man's Sky

Best Ongoing

🏆Winner: Cyberpunk 2077
🥈Nominees:

  • Apex Legends 
  • Final Fantasy 14 
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Games for Impact

🏆Winner: Tchia (Awaceb)
🥈Nominees:

  • A Space for the Unbound 
  • Chants of Sennaar
  • Goodbye Volcano High 
  • Terra Nil
  • Venba

Innovation in Accessibility

🏆Winner: Forza Motorsport
🥈Nominees:

  • Diablo 4
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Street Fighter 6

Best Performance

🏆Winner: Neil Newbon, Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Ben Starr, Final Fantasy 16
  • Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake 2
  • Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Best Audio Design

🏆Winner: Hi-Fi Rush
🥈Nominees:

  • Alan Wake 2 
  • Dead Space 
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2 
  • Resident Evil 4

Best Score and Music

🏆Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, composed by Nintendo Sound Team
🥈Nominees:

  • Alan Wake 2, composer Petri Alanko
  • Baldur's Gate 3, composer Borislav Slavov 
  • Final Fantasy 16, composer Masayoshi Soken 
  • Hi-Fi Rush, audio director Shuichi Kobori

Best Art Direction

🏆Winner: Alan Wake 2
🥈Nominees:

  • Hi-Fi Rush 
  • Lies of P 
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Narrative

🏆Winner: Alan Wake 2
🥈Nominees:

  • Baldur's Gate 3 
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Final Fantasy 16 
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Best Game Direction

🏆Winner: Alan Wake 2
🥈Nominees:

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Player's Voice

🏆Winner: Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Genshin Impact
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Game of the Year

🏆Winner: Baldur's Gate 3
🥈Nominees:

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Reveals & Announcements

Pre-Show

  • The Xbox launch for the Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Remake is set for February 2024.
  • The Rise Of The Golden Idol is confirmed for Xbox, with no release date provided.
  • Usual June, the upcoming game from Tunic developer Finji, is scheduled for a 2025 release.
  • Harmonium: The Musical is confirmed for Xbox and Xbox Game Pass on day one.
  • The creator of Thumper returns with "Thrasher," which is expected to be released in 2024.
  • A new trailer for Metaphor: ReFantazio is released, confirming a Fall 2024 launch.

Main Show

  • Exodus, a new sci-fi action RPG, is officially confirmed for Xbox Series X|S.
  • The Untitled Goose Game developer returns with Big Walk, anticipated in 2025.
  • Ubisoft's new Prince of Persia is set to receive a free Xbox demo in January 2024.
  • Hellblade 2 premieres a stunning new gameplay trailer, with no release date announced (available on Xbox Game Pass).
  • Ori developer unveils No Rest For The Wicked, heading to Xbox Series X|S.
  • SEGA announces five new games, all based on classic franchises.
  • The Casting Of Frank Stone, a new Dead by Daylight single-player experience, is coming in 2024.
  • Square Enix is bringing Visions Of Mana to Xbox Series X|S in 2024.
  • The Outlast Trials is making its Xbox debut in March 2024.
  • Hideo Kojima reveals a first look at the new Xbox Game Studios title "OD" (possible Xbox Game Pass inclusion).
  • Jurassic Park: Survival, a single-player adventure game, is announced for Xbox.
  • Black Myth: Wukong launches on Xbox Series X|S in August 2024.
  • DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO is announced for Xbox Series X|S, with no release date specified.
  • A new trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is released ahead of its February release.
  • Tales Of Kenzera: Kau, a new EA Originals title, is set to launch in April 2024.
  • Life Is Strange developer announces Lost Records: Bloom & Rage for late 2024.
  • The First Berzerker: Khazan is headed to Xbox Series X|S.
  • Ubisoft's Skull & Bones is finally launching in February 2024 for Xbox Series X|S.
  • Xbox's Arkane Studios is working on a Marvel Blade game (possible Xbox Game Pass inclusion).
  • Lightspeed Studios announces a new AAA game, Last Sentinel.
  • The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant will launch on Xbox in the summer of 2024.
  • Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 gets a September 2024 release date for Xbox.
  • Mecha BREAK, a mech action game, is heading to Xbox at launch.
  • The new free-to-play shooter Exoborne is coming soon to Xbox Series X|S.
  • No Man's Sky developer reveals a brand-new "ambitious" project, Light No Fire.
  • The free-to-play shooter, "The Finals", launches today on Xbox and other platforms.
  • Capcom reveals Monster Hunter Wilds, which is set to release on Xbox in 2025.

What was your favourite part of the show? Let us know in the comments below!

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