Game Awards 2020 Nominees, Winners, and New Releases

The Game Awards 2020, the biggest awards show in the gaming industry, went live from Los Angeles last December 11. Serving a different feel this year, the Game Awards 2020 still managed to wrap up without a single hitch. Here’s our recap of all the best video games 2020 saw and all the up-and-coming video games that we should keep an eye out for in 2021.

The Game Awards

The Game Awards celebrates the best of the best in the realms of gaming.
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Before we dive into all the Game Awards announcements that were made, let’s take a look back at the history of the Game Awards.

Produced by Geoff Keighley, the Game Awards was first established in 2014. Often hailed as the Oscars of the video gaming industry, this award show celebrates all the best titles of the year. The Game Awards nominees come from a collective critical assessment by a jury of leading outlets in the industry. Besides from the jury, fans’ votes also account for ten percent in determining the Game Awards winners. Alongside the awarding, we also get a sneak peek at all the new video games to watch out for.

The Game Awards also salute the best of the best Esports games. The best Esports teams, players, and coaches are also crowned during the Game Awards.

Companies are also known to announce their latest releases during the awards show. One such instance was the reveal of the Xbox Series X during the Game Awards 2019.

Game Awards 2020 Pre-Show

During the pre-show, presenter Sydnee Goodman announced several Game Awards 2020 winners from different categories. Alongside this, there were plenty of video game trailers shown during the prelude to the main event.

Best Score and Music

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The Final Fantasy VII Remake took home the award for the best musical scoring at this year’s Game Awards. This remake of the iconic 1997 role-playing-game (RPG) soundtrack was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Mitsuto Suzuki.

Here are the other nominees for the Best Score Award: 

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Doom Eternal
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Action/Adventure Award

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One of the most popular game genres, the action/adventure award was received by The Last of Us Part II.

Here are the other nominees for Best Action Adventure Game:

  • The Last of Us Part II 
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Best Family Game Award

ACNH wins best family game at the Game Awards 2020
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Besides being one of the best Switch games, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing New Horizons also snagged this year’s award for being one of the best family games. New Horizons is a game that offers an easy-going atmosphere that appeals to people of all ages. Children and children-at-heart alike adore this cute video game. After all, who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves on an island surrounded by delightful and cute characters?

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons 
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

Best Community Support Award

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Introduced in 2019, this category recognizes the games with the most outstanding community support. The games nominated in this specific category are cheered for how they value their players. The winner for the best community support award this year went to the bright and colorful Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout.

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Valorant

Best Debut Game Award

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This category recognizes the best debut game released by independent studios and developers. This year’s award for best game debut went to Phasmophobia. Since its release in September of 2020, this psychological horror game quickly became one of the best Steam games with overwhelmingly positive reviews. While it may come with a price, for those on a budget, there are still some of the best free Steam games worth checking out.

Other nominees for the Best Debut Game Award include:

  • Phasmophobia 
  • Carrion
  • Mortal Shell
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Roki

Esports Winners

Esports may be a billion-dollar industry, but it’s still a bit of a niche category for video game awards. Nevertheless, the field of competitive video gaming is rapidly being recognized by major organizations in the video game industry.

This year, the Game Awards placed esports at the forefront with six dedicated categories to the realm. Let’s take a look at all the big winners in the esports scene.

Best Esports Game

Akali from League of Legends
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All the Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category are considered by many as the best of the best. However, it was League of Legends (LoL) that ultimately took home the crown for best esports game. Developed by Riot Games, League of Legends is undoubtedly one of the hottest free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games out there.

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • League of Legends 
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fortnite
  • Valorant

Best Esports Coach

Best esports coach goes to Zonic Sorensen
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Danny “Zonic” Sorensen took home the award for best esports coach for this year’s Game Awards. This is his second consecutive win of the title. Sorensen, who is known for his work with the Astralis Counter-Strike Global Offensive team, also claimed the title during the 2019 Game Awards.

Other nominees for best esports coach include:

  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen
  • Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park
  • Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann
  • Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min
  • Raymond “Rambo” Lussier

Best Esports Event

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There were no surprises in the roster of Game Awards 2020 nominees for best esports events. All of the nominated events were successful, although it was the League of Legends World Championship that grabbed the award for this category. Despite circumstances, the LoL Worlds still succeeded without ado. Riot Games once again proved themselves to be at the forefront to technological splendor. They showcased this with the LoL Worlds 2020 opening ceremony featuring virtual K-Pop group K/DA. Moreover, prominent names in the music scene also put together the tournament’s theme song. These include former Super Junior-M member and K-pop star Henry Lau, Max Schneider, and Jeremy McKinnon, lead vocalist of A Day to Remember.

Other nominees for best esports event include:

  • League of Legends World Championship 2020
  • Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals
  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020
  • IEM Katowice 2020
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020

Best Esports Host

Belgium host Sjokz snags award for best esports host
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Another win for League of Legend fans, this year’s winner for the best esports host went to Eefje Depoortere. More commonly known as Sjokz, she is best known as the host of the LoL World Championship. This is her third consecutive win as the best esports host for the Game Awards. Sjokz claimed her first win for best esports host during the Game Awards 2018.

Other nominees for best esports host include:

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Jorien “Sheever” Van der Heijden

Best Esports Team

Image from G2 Esports Twitter account @G2esports
Image from G2 Esports Twitter account @G2esports

Thanks to their multiple LEC tournaments wins, G2 Esports snagged the award for best esports team. Founded in 2014, players of the team compete in gaming leagues of Valorant, Counter-Strike Global, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, and League of Legends.

Other nominees for Best Esports Team include:

  • G2 Esports
  • Damwon Gaming
  • Dallas Empire
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Secret

Best Esports Athlete

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This specific category was presented by renowned sports journalist and the host of ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith. The Best Esports Athlete Award hails the player that had the most outstanding performance in their respective gaming league in 2020.

DAMWON Gaming’s mid laner, Heo “ShowMaker” Su, won the award for the 2020 Game Awards Best Esports Athlete category. Su took part in bringing his team to victory during the 2020 LoL Worlds. Considered as one of the best LoL players, he also played in the LCK 2020 Summer Playoffs.

 Other nominees for Best Esports Athlete include:

  • Heo “Showmaker” Su
  • Ian “Crimsix” Porter
  • Kim “Canyon” Geon-Bu
  • Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro
  • Matthieu “Zywoo” Herbaut

As mentioned above, there were also several Game Awards 2020 announcements for previews and teasers for upcoming video games. Here are the new titles and expansion packs that we can look forward to:

  • Loop Hero – Coming 2021

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  • Tchai – TBA

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  • Sea of Solitude: The Director’s Cut – Coming March 04, 2021

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  • Shady Part of Me – Now Available

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  • NieR Replicant – Coming April 23, 2021

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  • Century Age of Ashes – Coming February 2021

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Main Show

The main program of the Game Awards 2020 kicked off with host and creator Geoff Keighley welcoming viewers from across the globe. Alongside this, he also welcomed the nominees who joined the event via Zoom. Notable names in the industry were also guests as award presenters; this includes former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé. Actors who portrayed iconic characters such as Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, Troy Baker, Tom Holland, and Keanu Reeves were also presenters for the night.

However, before we move forward to the Game Awards 2020 winners, let’s delve into some other announcements made during the main show. 

Sephiroth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

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One of the biggest bombshells of the night was the announcement of Final Fantasy VII’s infamous villain Sephiroth as a new fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Sephiroth is the second FF7 character to make an appearance in the Nintendo Switch game. The FF7 antagonist is also the third character revealed as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 downloadable content (DLC) of the game.

Sephiroth joins Min-Min from ARMS, as well as Steve and Alex from Minecraft, as part of the Pass Vol. 2 DLC. Moreover, fans can look forward to three additional fighters that have yet to be announced to join the DLC. 

Fortnite’s New Hunters

Daryl Dixon and Michonne from The Walking Dead come to the fifth season of Fortnite. Players can now grab the two characters as a set from the in-game store. Additionally, Master Chief from Halo joins the two as a new addition to the game.

Among Us New Map

During the Game Awards 2020, InnerSloth revealed a new map for their smash hit, Among Us. Titled The Airship, it is the fourth map available in the video game. This new map features a more elaborate outline compared to previous maps, plus new tasks for players to carry out.

Among Us fans and players can expect The Airship to drop in early 2021.

The Ark 2 Announcement

The trailer for the Ark 2 featured Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. Diesel, who is also the executive producer of the game, plays the character of Santiago. Not much is known about Diesel’s character and the new world in Ark II. However, it has been revealed that players will explore a primitive new world in this sequel.

Moreover, announced as well during the event was the animated television series based on the video game. Titled Ark: The Animated Series, the show will feature heavy hitters such as Vin Diesel, Elliot Page, and Jeffrey Wright. Doctor Who and Jessica Jones star David Tennant will also star in the animated TV show, as well as Crazy Rich Asians and Star Trek: Discovery star Michelle Yeoh.

Other Game Awards 2020 Announcements

Other big reveals include the Cyberpunk 2077 and Forza Horizon 4 crossover and a new cooperative game from A Way Out developer, called It Takes Two.

There’s also the reboot of Perfect Dark, gameplay reveal for Perfect Dark, and the closed beta announcement for Scavengers. Fans also got to witness the reveal of the Dragon Age 4 trailer that just made them even more excited for the Dragon Age 4 release date.

Call of Duty players can also look forward to season one of Call of Duty Cold War. This new patch features new maps, two additional weapons and modes.

Meanwhile, for fans of the raved cooking game, Overcooked!, you will soon get to play as Swedish Chef from The Muppets.

Other reveals and sneak peeks include a Mass Effect trailer, Evil Dead The Game, the new season of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, and the Elder Scrolls Online: Gate to Oblivion teaser trailer. Additionally, fans got to see the gameplay teaser for the Disco Elysium: The Final Cut.

Video game aficionados can also look forward to upcoming 2021 releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Hood: Outlaws and Legends, Open Roads, and Warhammer 40000: Darktide.

The Game Awards 2020 also gave viewers a look at Callisto Protocol, which is set for a 2022 release.

Main Show Awards

Best Performance 

Laura Bailey wins best performance at the Game Awards 2020
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Presented by Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, the award for Best Performance went to Laura Bailey. The actress won the award for her role as Abby in The Last Of Us Part II. Bailey is a newcomer in the beloved The Last of Us series, as her character was only introduced in the sequel. Besides her roles in video games, her work also includes appearances in several movies and animated television shows.

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Laura Bailey – Abby, The Last of Us Part II
  • Ashley Johnson – Ellie, The Last of Us Part II
  • Daisuke Tsuji – Jin, Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham – Hades, Hades
  • Nadji Jeterm – Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Ongoing Game

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Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky had a lackluster release back in 2014. However, it’s a prime example that for some games, there’s no place to go but up. The game received the Best Ongoing Game accolade in this year’s Game Awards. The category hails the best game that delivers outstanding development and content for its players.

Other nominees for best ongoing game include:

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite

Best Art Direction 

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Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima took home the award for Best Art Direction in this year’s ceremonies. This category celebrates the game with the most outstanding creative and technical achievements in terms of animation and design. Released in 2020, Ghost of Tsushima is the last PlayStation 4 exclusive before the PlayStation 5 launched.

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Action Game

Hades wins best action game in the Game Awards 2020
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This year’s Best Action Game award went to Hades by Supergiant Games. Officially released in 2020, with some players obtaining early access in 2018, the gaming community reveres Hades for its killer combat system.

Other nominees for best action game include:

  • Hades
  • Doom Eternal
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Nioh 2
  • Streets of Rage 4

Best VR/AR

Half-Life Alyx wins best VR game.
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Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx snagged the award for best virtual or augmented reality game experience. Renowned for its unparalleled level of detail, this game offers its players an unprecedented VR experience. Half-Life: Alyx is the latest installment in the Half-Life series that originally debuted in 1998. 

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Half-Life: Alyx 
  • Dreams
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Best Sports/Racing Game

The best sports/racing game in the Game Awards 2020 goes to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
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Developed by Vicarious Visions, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 took home the award for best sports/racing game and we can see why. This remastered version of the original first two installments in the Tony Hawk’s series is everything one would want from a remaster. It retained every aspect that made the original fantastic, but still managed to integrate new and innovative features for its players to enjoy.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2  is available on PC and the Xbox One, as well as on the PlayStation 4. So, if you’re also a PS4 gamer, why not add Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2  to your list of best PS4 games?

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 
  • Dirt 5
  • F1 2020
  • FIFA 21
  • NBA 2K21

Most Anticipated Game

Elder Ring wins most anticipated game award at the Game Awards 2020
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Elden Ring claimed the title of the Most Anticipated Game at the Game Awards 2020. It’s a no-brainer why so many fans and members of the industry are looking forward to the game’s release. After all, the lure of the game came from the minds of renowned video game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and acclaimed author George R. R. Martin. Of course, Martin is memorable for his series A Song of Fire and Ice, which HBO later turned into the hit television series Game of Thrones.

Other nominees for Most Anticipated Game include:

  • Elden Ring – From Software/Bandai Namco 
  • Halo Infinite – 343/Xbox Game Studios
  • Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games/SIE
  • God of War Sequel – SIE Santa Monica/SIE
  • Resident Evil Village – Capcom
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – Nintendo

Best Narrative 

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Actor John David Washington of Tenet presented this year’s Best Narrative Award. This category hails the video game with the most outstanding storytelling and world building. Out of all the noteworthy nominations, it was The Last Of Us Part II that took home the crown for Best Narrative. Halley Gross, one of the co-writers of the game, accepted the award via Zoom. Looks like more and more people are learning how to use Zoom, doesn’t it?

Other nominees in this category include:

  • The Last of Us Part II – Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross
  • Ghost of Tsushima – Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs, and Jordan Lemos
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – George Kamitani
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Kazushige Nojima, Motomu Toriyama, Hiroaki Iwaki, and Sachie Hirano
  • Hades – Greg Kasavin

Games for Impact

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Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, presented this year’s nominees and winner of the Games For Impact award. This category hails the best video game that isn’t only fun to play, but also offers thought-provoking messages. The Game Award 2020 winner for this category is Tell Me Why, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Xbox Game Studios.

Tell Me Why is notable for its progressive and inclusive storyline. It features the first transgender playable character from a major studio. Players and professionals alike also praise the game for its realistic depiction of mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress and anxiety. 

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Tell Me Why
  • If Found…
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Spiritfarer
  • Through Darkest of Times

Best Multiplayer Game

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Spider-Man star Tom Holland and The Last of Us star Nolan North presented the Game Awards 2020 nominees and winner for this category. Among Us brought home the win, besting other popular nominees such as Animal Crossing New Horizons, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and Valorant.

Released in 2018, Among Us didn’t find mainstream success until 2020. From indie developer InnerSloth, this groundbreaking game continues to exceed expectations that usually limit small developers. Composed of a small team with only four people, InnerSloth and their smash hit game brought home the bacon for the best multiplayer game. 

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Among Us 
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Valorant

Best Indie Game

Hades takes home the Game Awards 2020 best indie game award.
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While there are plenty of games worthy of the accolade, it was ultimately Hades that won the award for Best Indie Game. Another achievement for the Supergiant Games team, Hades is a truly unique video game that offers an intriguing and riveting storyline. Alongside this, the fluid and thrilling combat system makes this indie game one of the best in the industry.

As mentioned previously, PC gamers had early access to the game back in 2018. However, it was only in 2020 when the game became widely available on the Nintendo Switch. So, if you’re a Switch player, why not add Hades to your list of best Switch games?

Other nominees for Best Indie Game include:

  • Hades 
  • Carrion
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Spelunky 2
  • Spiritfarer

Best Audio Design

 The Last of Us II took home the award of best audio design.
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Another win for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us II, the game won the award for Best Sound and Audio Design. A PS4 exclusive, The Last of Us 2 is considered by many as one of the best PS4 games.

Here are the other nominees for this category:

  • The Last of Us Part II 
  • Doom Eternal
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Resident Evil 3

Best Roleplaying Game

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It may come to no one’s surprise that Final Fantasy VII Remake took home the award for best RPG game. The FF7 Remake was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated game releases for 2020. Square Enix definitely had the numbers to back it up. In just three days after its release in April, the game already sold 3.5 million physical and digital copies.

Here are the other nominees for Best RPG Game in the Game Awards 2020:

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake 
  • Genshin Impact
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Best Sim/Strategy Game

Microsoft Flight Simulator wins best sim/strategy game at the Game Awards 2020.
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Released in 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator took home the award for the Best Sim/Strategy Game Award in the Game Awards 2020. Developed by Asobo Studio and published by Xbox Game Studios, this flight simulator is the eleventh major installment in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series.

One of the Game Awards 2020 announcements include the reveal that the game will be making a jump from PC to the Xbox Series X and S. The console version is expected to launch in Summer of 2021.

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Crusader Kings 3
  • Desperados 3
  • Gears Tactics
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad

Player’s Voice Award

GHOST OF TSUSHIMA wins Players Voice Award
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Another win for one of the best PS4 exclusive games, Ghost of Tsushima has definitely cemented itself as a fan favorite with this award. Decided purely via fan vote, this Sucker Punch Productions game received overwhelmingly positive reviews since its release. In November 2020, it had already sold over five million copies since its debut in July. Thus, this made the game the fastest-selling PS4 game of the year.

Here are the other nominees for the Player’s Voice Award:

  • Ghost of Tsushima 
  • Doom Eternal 
  • Hades 
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • The Last of Us Part II 

Best Fighting Game

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Presented by Karate Kid and Cobra Kai stars Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto, this category hails the game with the best head-to-head combat. This year, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate snagged the award for this category.

Other Game Awards 2020 nominees in this category include:

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate 
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth

Innovation For Accessibility Award

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The Last Of Us Part II snagged the first ever Innovation For Accessibility Award. This award recognizes the companies that go the extra mile to provide games that a wide range of people can enjoy. Presented by former president and CEO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, the award was granted to The Last Of Us II, which proved just how this acclaimed title is truly one of the heavy hitters in the gaming industry.

Here’s the full list of Game Awards 2020 nominees for this new category:

  • The Last of Us Part II 
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Grounded
  • Hyperdot
  • Watch Dogs Legion

Best Mobile Game

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Sydnee Goodman returned to announce the nominees and winner for the best mobile game category. Another win for Among Us, the small indie studio behind this game accepted the award via Zoom.

The game was also the most downloaded mobile game across the globe in November of 2020. With a total of 53.2 million installs, it’s apparent that Among Us will continue to be one of the best party games for mobile devices.

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Among Us 
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokémon Cafe Mix

Content Creator of the Year

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Valkyrae secured the award for Content Creator of the Year at the Game Awards 2020. Valkyrae, whose real name is Rachel Hofstetter, rose to popularity with her Among Us streams. The American YouTube streamer cemented her place in history as the first ever female recipient of this award. Besides Among Us, this infectiously charming streamer is also known for her Fortnite and Bloodborne gaming.

Here’s the full list of Game Awards 2020 nominees for Content Creator of the Year:

  • Valkyrae
  • Alanah Pearce
  • Jay Ann Lopez
  • Nickmercs
  • TimTheTatman

Best Game Direction

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The Matrix, John Wick, and Cyberpunk 2077 star Keanu Reeves presented the award for best direction to Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us 2. Yet another notch under the video game’s belt, director and co-president of Naughty Dog accepted the award.

This award crowns the video game that offers superior creative vision and innovation in its direction and design.

Here’s the full list of Game Awards 2020 nominees for Best Game Direction:

  • The Last of Us Part II 
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake 
  • Ghost of Tsushima 
  • Hades 
  • Half-Life Alyx

Game Awards Game of the Year

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Finally, we’ve arrived at the most coveted award in the gaming industry: Game of the Year. As expected by many, it was The Last of Us Part II that claimed the Game Awards Game of the Year title. Thus, the game and developer Naughty Dog took home a total of seven trophies from the event.

Other nominees in this category include:

  • The Last of Us Part II 
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons 
  • Doom Eternal 
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades

The Last of Us Part II — Why You Should Play It

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This post-apocalyptic masterpiece was one of the most anticipated games in 2020. One of the top PS4 exclusive games, it follows in the footsteps of its critically acclaimed predecessor — The Last of Us — that was released in 2013. The Last of Us Part II received overwhelmingly positive responses from gamers and the gaming industry.

Released on June 19, 2020, it sold more than four million copies just two days later. Thus, this makes The Last of Us 2 one of the fastest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive games.

The Last of Us Part II is a masterpiece of a video game that offers a compelling story and tells it in an equally compelling way. Naughty Dog and its writers truly have the mastery of creating gripping stories that gamers love to follow. Partnered with characters with depth and dimension, you have an excellent foundation for storytelling. Players are introduced to a diverse cast of characters that aren’t necessarily the good nor bad. The Last of Us II magnificently shows how difficult moral ambiguity can be.

Moreover, it offers graphical marvels that are way above its predecessor and even the games of its generation. Topped off with the advancements in gameplay, The Last of Us 2’s intense and grueling combat scenes provide a raw experience for its players.

Overall, it’s safe to say that The Last of Us Part II truly is Naughty Dog’s magnum opus.

Glorious Victories 

The 2020 Game Awards have concluded, and The Last of Us Part II dominated the night. Undoubtedly, the Game Awards is one of the most anticipated gaming events of the year. It’s filled to the brim with big announcements, celebrity cameos, and, of course, the Game Awards winners. Did your own Game Awards 2020 predictions take home awards?

Excited for the new Xbox Series X and PS5 games coming in 2021? With game studios dropping major reveals and teasers for the next year, there’s certainly no shortage of titles to be excited over. What new video games are you yearning to play? Are you already excited for the next Game Awards date to see how these new titles will fare in the gaming world? We know we can’t wait to know what game will be added to the list of Game of the Year Awards Winners next season!

However, for now, we’re left with hype to bring to the new year as we wait for the releases of new video game titles. We hope our extensive recap caught you up to speed with all the hits – and for some, misses – during the awards night.