It’s that time of the year again where discussions are to be had on what games truly deserve to be called the “best” in their genres. The 2019 game awards nominee list has been announced and it’s packed with games you may have already expected but also some pleasant surprises in between! Let’s look at the whole list below:

game of the year 2019Game of the Year – Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Sekiro Shadow Die Twice
  • The Outer Worlds

best action gameBest Action Game – For the best game in the action genre focused on combat.

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro Exodus

best action adventureBest Action/Adventure Game – For the best action / adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

best art directionBest Art Direction – For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

best audio designBest Audio Design (Presented by Dolby) – Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gears 5
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

community supportBest Community Support – Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness.

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

content creatorContent Creator of the Year – For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the industry in 2019.

  • Courage – Jack Dunlop
  • Dr. Lupo – Benjamin Lupo
  • Ewok – Soleil Wheeler
  • Grefg – David Martinez
  • Shroud – Michael Grzesiek

esports coachBest Esports Coach – The esports coach judged to be the most oustanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag(Team Liquid, CS:GO)
  • Nu-ri ‘Cain’ Jang (Team Liquid, LOL)
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann(G2 Esports, LOL)
  • Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, LOL)
  • Titouan ‘Sockshka’ Merloz(OG, DOTA2)
  • Danny ‘Zonic’ Sørensen (Astralis, CSGO)

esports eventBest Esports Event – Recognizing a singular event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants, in-person fans, and the broadcast audience.

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

esports gameBest Esports Game – For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support, and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

esports hostBest Esports Host – The best host or commentator of esports events (both in-venue and/or broadcast) in 2019, irrespective of game or language.

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Paul “Redeye” Chaloner
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Duan “Candice” Yu-Shuang

esports playerBest Esports Player – The esports player judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019, irrespective of game.

  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)
  • Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Oleksandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CSGO)
  • Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won (SF Shock, Overwatch)

esports teamBest Esports Team – Recognizing an individual esports team judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • G2 Esports(LOL)
  • OG (DOTA2)
  • San Francisco Shock(OWL)
  • Team Liquid(CS:GO)

family gameBest Family Game – For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

fighting gameBest Fighting Game – For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

indieFresh Indie Developer (Presented by Subway) – Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2019.

  • 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

game directionBest Game Direction – Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Outer Wilds

games for impactGames for Impact – For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

  • Concrete Genie
  • Gris
  • Kind Words
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

independent gameBest Independent Game – For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Baba Is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana ZERO
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

mobileBest Mobile Game – For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • GRINDSTONE
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of Light
  • What the Golf?

multiplayerBest Multiplayer Game – For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

narrativeBest Narrative – For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • The Outer Worlds

ongoingBest Ongoing Game – Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

performanceBest Performance – Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb in The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hopeas Jesse Faden in Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff in Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling in Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges in Death Stranding

role playingBest Role-Playing Game – For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • The Outer Worlds

score and musicBest Score/Music Game (Presented by Spotify) – For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

sports racingBest Sports/Racing Game – For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • DiRT Rally 2.0
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 20

strategyBest Strategy Game – Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • Wargroove

vrBest VR/AR Game – For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

  • Asgard‘s Warth
  • Blood & Truth
  • Beat Saber
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

You may vote for any of the categories above through this link, so make it count and show your support to your picks!

Did any of your favorites make the cut? What game do you think deserves game of the year? Let us know in the comments below!

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