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The Game Awards 2019 Lineup!

Updated 12/13/19

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Geoff Keighley’s annual gaming gala, The Game Awards, is back again on December 12. While award shows are iffy at best because of the subjectivity of the matter (how do you choose between a mischievous goose or a retrowave, time-jumping samurai?), it’s no doubt fun as hell to create your own list of winners and cheer as your favorite games rack up awards.

This year’s selection is full of the expected games with a couple surprises here and there—including Monster Hunter World’s expansion, Iceborn, competing as a full game in the Role Playing Game category—and there will no doubt be controversy and skepticism as awards are announced. For now, here’s the list of this year’s categories and the games vying for the top spot:

 

(*Updated 12/13/19 with winners in bold and additional category, Player’s Voice Award)

 

Award Nominees with Winners in Bold

Game of the Year

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Resident Evil 2

●        Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

●        Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

●        The Outer Worlds

Best Independent Game

●        Baba Is You

●        Disco Elysium

●        Katana Zero

●        Outer Wilds

●        Untitled Goose Game

Best Action Game

●        Apex Legends

●        Astral Chain

●        Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

●        Devil May Cry 5

●        Gears 5

●        Metro Exodus

Best Mobile Game

●        Call of Duty: Mobile

●        Grindstone

●        Sayonara Wild Hearts

●        Sky: Children of Light

●        What the Golf?

Best Action/Adventure Game

●        Borderlands 3

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Resident Evil 2

●        The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

●        Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Multiplayer Game

●        Apex Legends

●        Borderlands 3

●        Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

●        Tetris 99

●        Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Best Art Direction presented by Samsung QLED

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Gris

●        Sayonara Wild Hearts

●        Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

●        The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Best Narrative

●        A Plague Tale: Innocence

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Disco Elysium

●        The Outer Worlds

 

Best Audio Design

●        Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Gears 5

●        Resident Evil 2

●        Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Ongoing Game

●        Apex Legends

●        Destiny 2

●        Final Fantasy XIV

●        Fortnite

●        Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Community Support

●        Apex Legends

●        Destiny 2

●        Final Fantasy XIV

●        Fortnite

●        Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Performance

●        Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb — The Outer Wilds

●        Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden — Control

●        Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz — Gears 5

●        Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff — Death Stranding

●        Matthew Poretta as Dr. Casper Darling — Control

●        Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges — Death Stranding

Content Creator of the Year

●        Jack “Courage” Dunlop

●        Benjamin “Dr. Lupo” Lupo

●        Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler

●        David “Grefg” Martinez

●        Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek

Best Role-Playing Game

●        Disco Elysium

●        Final Fantasy XIV

●        Kingdom Hearts III

●        Monster Hunter World: Iceborn

●        The Outer Worlds

Best Family Game

●        Luigi’s Mansion 3

●        Ring Fit Adventure

●        Super Mario Maker 2

●        Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

●        Yoshi’s Crafted World

Best Score & Music

●        Cadence of Hyrule

●        Death Stranding

●        Devil May Cry 5

●        Kingdom Hearts III

●        Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Fighting Game

●        Dead or Alive 6

●        Jump Force

●        Mortal Kombat 11

●        Samurai Shodown

●        Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Best Sports/Racing Game

●        Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

●        Dirt Rally 2.0

●        eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020

●        F1 2019

●        FIFA 20

Fresh Indie Game presented by Subway

●        ZA/UM for Disco Elysium

●        Nomada Studio for Gris

●        DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro

●        Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds

●        Mega Crit for Slay the Spire

●        House House for Untitled Goose Game

Best Strategy Game

●        Age of Wonders: Planetfall

●        Anno 1800

●        Fire Emblem: Three Houses

●        Total War: Three Kingdoms

●        Tropico 6

●        Wargroove

Best Game Direction

●        Control

●        Death Stranding

●        Resident Evil 2

●        Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

●        Outer Wilds

Best VR/AR Game

●        Asgard’s Wrath

●        Blood & Truth

●        Beat Saber

●        No Man’s Sky

●        Trover Saves the Universe

Games for Impact

●        Concrete Genie

●        Gris

●        Kind Worlds

●        Life is Strange 2

●        Sea of Solitude

 

Player’s Voice Award

●        Death Stranding

●        Fire Emblem: Three Houses

●        Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

●        Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

ESports Awards

Esports Game of the Year

●        Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

●        Dota 2

●        Fortnite

●        League of Legends

●        Overwatch

Best Esports Team

●        Astralis (CS:GO)

●        G2 Esports (League of Legends)

●        OG (Dota 2)

●        San Fransisco Shock (Overwatch League)

●        Team Liquid (CS:GO)

 

Best Esports Player

●        Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)

●        Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)

●        Luka “Perkz” Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)

●        Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)

●        Jay “Sinatraa” Won (San Fransisco Shock, Overwatch League)

Best Esports Coach

●        Eric “adreN” Hoag (Team Liquid, CS:GO)

●        Nu-ri “Cain” Jang (Team Liquid, League of Legends)

●        Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann (G2 Esports, League of Legends)

●        Kim “Kkoma” Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)

●        Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz (OG, Dota 2)

●        Danny “Zonic” Sørensen (Astralis, CS:GO)

Best Esports Event

●        2019 League of Legends World Championship

●        2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

●        EVO 2019

●        Fortnite World Cup

●        IEM Katowice 2019

●        The International 2019

Best Esports Host

●        Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez

●        Alex “Machine” Richardson

●        Duan “Candice” Yu-Shuang

●        Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

●        Paul “Redeye” Chaloner

 

And that’s the list!

Whether you’re excited or completely bored with the awards themselves, let’s all come together and cross our fingers in hopes of a few juicy gaffes this year. Which clueless celebrity will mispronounce a game’s title? Will we be lucky enough to experience that juicy Kojima/Konami beef? Also, with Steven Ma of Tencent on The Game Awards Advisory Board, there’s a chance we’ll see some Hong Kong protests-related controversy. Maybe it wasn’t a great idea bring on Green Day, a pop-punk band known to be unapologetically outspoken in their politics, as a headlining band during a year already full of political heat.

No matter what happens, it will be a fun night. I look forward to arguing who-should-have-won-what over Christmas Dinner this year. Uncle Larry can stew on his politics, the real debate will be who truly deserved Best Indie Game. Respect the honk!

 

The Game Awards go live at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on Thursday, December 12. You can stream the show from pretty much any streaming service, but you can find a list of streaming sites here.

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Written by Destry Cloud

Destry Cloud is a contributing blogger and gaming enthusiast. He writes stories and books in his spare time, and wishes to one day win a lifetime supply of free ice cream. He enjoys tabletop RPGs just as much as video games, and he will totally roll a tank if the party needs one.

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