The Game Awards The Game Awards 2016 Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the video game industry Country United States First awarded December 5, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-12-05) Website thegameawards.com
- ← Spike Video Game Awards
The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony honoring achievements in the video game industry. The ceremonies also feature the premieres of new titles and an in-depth look at previously announced games. The shows are solely produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley, who had worked on its predecessor, the Spike Video Game Awards, for over ten years.
- 1 History
- 2 Process
- 3 Ceremonies and winners
- 3.1 2014
- 3.2 2015
- 3.3 2016
- 3.4 2017
- 4 References
- 5 External links
From 2003 to 2013, Spike TV promoted and televised the Spike Video Game Awards (abbreviated VGA) near the end of each calendar year to honor video games releases during that year. Geoff Keighley served as the producer and often host for these shows. In 2013, Spike opted to rename the awards from VGA to VGX as to reflect that they wanted to focus more on next-generation games that were being ushered in by the onset of the eighth generation of consoles, as well as bringing comedian Joel McHale to co-host alongside Keighley. The 2013 show was considered to be disappointing and aimed as a more commercial work rather than a celebration of video game achievements.
Keighley opted to drop out from further involvement in the VGX, allowing Spike to retain ownership of the property; in November 2014, Spike TV announced that they had opted to drop the awards show in its entirety. Instead, Keighley worked with several entities within the industry, including console hardware manufacturers Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, and several large publishers, to financially back and craft a new awards show, the Game Awards, with Spike's blessing. Keighley was able to secure space for hosting the live event. Without a broadcaster, Keighley and the entities agreed to stream the live show on the consoles' networks and on Valve Corporation's Steam service, as to be able to reach a much larger audience than Spike TV previously had.
The Game Awards has an advisory committee which includes representatives from hardware manufacturers Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and AMD, and software publishers Electronic Arts, Activision, Rockstar Games, Telltale Games, Ubisoft, Valve, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This committee selects around thirty influential video game news organizations that will be able to nominate and subsequently vote on the video games in several categories. The advisory committee otherwise does not participate in the nomination or voting process. During the nomination round, each of the news outlets provides a list of games in several categories; games for the eSports-related categories are chosen by a specific subset of these outlets. The committee complies the nominations and selects the most-nominated titles for voting by these same outlets.
Ceremonies and winners 2014 Main article: The Game Awards 2014
The 2014 ceremony took place at The AXIS on December 5, 2014.
- Game of the Year - Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Developer of the Year - Nintendo
- Best Independent Game - Shovel Knight
- Best Mobile/Handheld Game - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
- Best Narrative - Valiant Hearts: The Great War
- Best Score/Soundtrack - Destiny
- Best Performance - Trey Parker (as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth)
- Games for Change - Valiant Hearts: The Great War
- Best Shooter - Far Cry 4
- Best Action/Adventure - Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Best Role-Playing Game - Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Best Fighting Game - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Best Family Game - Mario Kart 8
- Best Sports/Racing Game - Mario Kart 8
- Best Online Direction - Destiny
- Best Remaster - Grand Theft Auto V
- Most Anticipated Game - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- ESports Player of the Year - Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag
- ESports Team of the Year - Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Trending Gamer - TotalBiscuit
- Best Fan Creation - Twitch Plays Pokémon
- Industry Icon Award - Ken Williams and Roberta Williams (Sierra Entertainment)
2015 Main article: The Game Awards 2015
The 2015 ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2015.
- Game of the Year - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Developer of the Year - CD Projekt RED
- Best Independent Game - Rocket League
- Best Mobile/Handheld Game - Lara Croft Go
- Best Narrative - Her Story
- Best Art Direction - Ori and the Blind Forest
- Best Score/Soundtrack - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Best Performance - Viva Seifert (as Hannah Smith, Her Story)
- Games for Impact - Life is Strange
- Best Shooter - Splatoon
- Best Action/Adventure - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Best Role-Playing Game - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best Fighting Game - Mortal Kombat X
- Best Family Game - Super Mario Maker
- Best Sports/Racing Game - Rocket League
- Best Multiplayer - Splatoon
- Most Anticipated Game - No Man's Sky
- ESports Player of the Year - Kenny "KennyS" Schrub (Team EnVyUs)
- ESports Team of the Year - OpTic Gaming
- ESports Game of the Year - Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Trending Gamer - Greg Miller
- Best Fan Creation - Portal Stories: Mel
- Industry Icon Award - Brett Sperry and Louis Castle (Westwood Studios)
2016 Main article: The Game Awards 2016
The 2016 ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater on December 1, 2016.
- Game of the Year - Overwatch
- Best Game Direction - Blizzard Entertainment
- Best Independent Game - Inside
- Best Mobile/Handheld Game - Pokémon Go
- Best VR Game - Rez Infinite
- Best Narrative - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Best Art Direction - Inside
- Best Music/Sound Design - Doom
- Best Performance - Nolan North (as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
- Games for Impact - That Dragon, Cancer
- Best Action Game - Doom
- Best Action/Adventure Game - Dishonored 2
- Best Role-Playing Game - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine
- Best Fighting Game - Street Fighter V
- Best Strategy Game - Civilization VI
- Best Family Game - Pokémon Go
- Best Sports/Racing Game - Forza Horizon 3
- Best Multiplayer - Overwatch
- Most Anticipated Game - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- ESports Player of the Year - Marcelo "Coldzera" David (SK Gaming)
- ESports Team of the Year - Cloud9
- ESports Game of the Year - Overwatch
- Trending Gamer - boogie2988
- Best Fan Creation - Enderal: The Shards of Order
- Industry Icon Award - Hideo Kojima
The Game Awards 2017 is scheduled for December 7, 2017.
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