All the Highlights from the Game Awards 2019

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All the Highlights from the Game Awards 2019

New tech, new teasers, and top performers, we bring you all the highlights from the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles.

The Game Awards kicked off tonight with plenty of highlights and even a few surprises.

Once described as “the closest thing the games business has to its own Oscars” in the New York Times. There’s no doubt it’s the biggest award show in the industry. It’s also the last keynote of the year for developers and companies to show-off new teaser trailers or make special announcements.

Founded by games journalist Geoff Keighley (Entertainment Weekly, Spike TV, G4.) The Game Awards entered their fifth year this year, and we saw some huge announcements drop.

The reveal of the Xbox Series X, a single player League of Legends title; Ruined King, as well as new trailers for Final Fantasy VII, Cyberpunk 2077 and so much more.

Teasers and Reveals

Xbox Series X

That's right, Phil Spencer took to the stage to reveal the new Xbox Series X. The new console will also come with a new controller, designed slightly smaller to “accommodate an even wider range of people.” The new controllers will also sport a dedicated share button like the PS4. The Xbox Series X is set to launch close to Christmas in 2020.

League of Legends: Ruined King

Riot Forge, the publishing house formed to work on League of Legends solo experiences have announced their first game, Ruined King. Airship Syndicate, the brains responsible for Darksiders Genesis, will be bringing the title to us.

Final Fantasy VII

Fans of the franchise have been eagerly awaiting some new footage after the playable demo did it’s rounds at conventions and game shows this year. If what we’ve seen from the trailers is anything to go by, this remake is not going to disappoint.
The FFVII remake is scheduled for release March 3, 2020.

Cyberpunk 2077


There's no doubt Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of 2020. But rather than teasing another trailer CD Projekt Red took us on a deep dive of the game’s soundtrack. Looks like we can expect to hear some killer tunes on there, including tracks from A$AP Rocky, Grimes and Run the Jewels.

The Wolf Among Us 2

The new teaser for The Wolf Among Us 2 definitely came as a welcome surprise. After the closure of Telltale Games last year many of their titles were shelved, indefinitely. But with the studios revival under new management it looks like they’re dusting off some of those shelved titles after all. Which means Wolf Among Us is getting a sequel.

Ghost of Tsushima


Probably one of the most visually stunning cinematic trailers of the night, Ghost of Tsushima looks absolutely breathtaking. Ghost of Tsushima was announced back in 2017. But aside from a trailer at E3 last year, we haven’t heard very much more about it. Ghost will be a big departure for development studio, Sucker Punch, who are probably best-known for the platform stealther series, Sly Cooper so it will be interesting to see how it plays. Ghost of Tsushima is scheduled for a summer 2020 release.



Aleksander Rostov and Helen Hindpere accept the award for Best RPG for Disco Elysium
Indie game, Disco Elysium had a star studded night, taking home four awards including Best Narrative and Best RPG. Devil May Cry 5 also scored a big win tonight. Taking out Gears 5 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to win Best Action Game.

And our Game of the Year didn’t go to Death Stranding, despite many believing it was the top contender. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice took the honour instead. Death Stranding did pick up the Best Direction award however.

Game of the Year

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Score/Music 

Death Stranding

Best Narrative

Disco Elysium

Best Fighting Game

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Strategy Game

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Best Art Direction 


Best Action Game

Devil May Cry 5

Best Family Game

Luigi's Mansion 3

Best Sports/Racing Game

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Best Mobile Game

Call of Duty: Mobile

Best Multiplayer Game

Apex Legends

Best Ongoing Game


Fresh Indie Game 

Disco Elysium

Best Role Playing Game

Disco Elysium

Best Independent Game

Disco Elysium

Best Game Direction

Death Stranding

Best Action/Adventure Game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — FromSoftware/Activision

Esports Awards Winners

Ninja and Bugha on the red carpet at The Game Awards 2019

Over on the esports front, we saw more recognition for Fortnite player Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who took out Best Esports Player. While the award for Best Esports Event went to the 2019 League of Legends World Championship.

Best Esports Game

League of Legends

Best Esports Event

2019 League of Legends World Championship

Best Esports Team

G2 Esports (League of Legends)

Best Esports Player

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf

For a full run down of all the winners and nominees in each category check out the official list. That’s it from the Microsoft Theater for another year. Congratulations to all the winners at The Game Awards 2019.

Images via The Game Awards

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Eliana Bollati
Eliana is a freelance editor & journalist from Australia with a passion for esports and video games. An avid player of video games for the better part of three decades, she began following professional esports circuits during the 2010s. She brings both a player and longtime fan perspective into her commentary on the professional scenes.