Eliana Bollati
Eliana Bollati
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The Game Awards: All the Winners from the Game Industry’s Biggest Night

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All the winners from video game's night of nights.


The Game Awards always dazzle, with plenty of recognition for top titles and new releases for us to sink our teeth into. And 2021 was no exception. If you missed out on the spectacle, we've recapped the biggest moments for you here.

Trailers & Highlights

The awards opened with a spell-binding performance from superstar musician, Sting, singing “What Could Have Been” from the Arcane League of Legend's soundtrack, but it wasn't the only musical showstopper Geoff Keighley had planned for us.

There were plenty of treats for fans of franchise titles, with both a new DC game and Star Wars game teased. We also got to feast our eyes on a brand new trailer for this years Most Anticipated Game winner; Elden Ring. Jim Carey and Ben Schwartz premiered the trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog 2,  Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss gave us a glimpse of the Matrix Ressurections, and we got a peek at the new live-action Halo.

If you missed out on any of the award announcement, we've recapped the winners for you right here.

Winners

 

Game of the Year

Nominees

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Winner: It Takes Two

Players' Voice

Winner: Halo Infinite

Games for Impact

Nominees

  • Before Your Eyes
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • No Longer Home

Winner: Life is Strange: True Colors

Best Esports Athlete

Nominees

  • Chris “Simp” Lehr
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
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Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev cheers and pumps his fist after taking a win at IEM Katowice 2020

Winner: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

 

Best Esports Team

Nominees

  • Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty)
  • DWG KIA (League of Legends)
  • Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Sentinels (Valorant)
  • Team Spirit (DOTA 2)

Winner: Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

The roster for NAVI hold up the Blast Premier trophy in celebration after winning the Fall Finals

 

Best Esports Coach

Nominees

  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun

Winner: Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun

 

Best Esports Event

Nominees

  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • The International 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • VALORANT Champions Tour: Stage 2 Master

Winner: 2021 League of Legends World Championship

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Play-in Knockouts broadcast, showing the Game Three drafts between Beyond Gaming and Hanwha Life Esports with a shot of the teams on the Worlds 2021 stage in the middle.

 

Best Debut Indie

Nominees

  • The Artful Escape
  • The Forgotten City
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Sable
  • Valheim

Winner: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Best Indie

Nominees

  • 12 Minutes
  • Death’s Door
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero

Winner: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Best Performance

Nominees

  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen (Life is Strange: True Colors)
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo (Far Cry 6)
  • Jason Kelley as Colt Vahn (Deathloop)
  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil Village)
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake (Deathloop)

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Winner: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil Village)

Best Action Game

Nominees

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Chivalry 2
  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6
  • Returnal

Winner: Returnal

Best Art Direction

Nominees

  • The Artful Escape
  • Deathloop
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Winner: Deathloop

 

Best Role Playing Game

Nominees

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Shin Megami Tensei 5
  • Tales of Arise

Winner: Tales of Arise

The Best Score & Music Award

Nominees

  • The Artful Escape
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Deathloop
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139

A promotional image for Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 showing the games characters, the white haired protagonist and a skeletal doll monster peering down toward at the viewer

Winner: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139

Content Creator of the Year

Nominees

  • DREAM
  • fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • Grefg

Winner: Dream

Best Multiplayer Game

Nominees

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Knockout City
  • It Takes Two
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • New World
  • Valheim

Winner: It Takes Two

Best Mobile Game

Nominee:

  • Fantasian
  • Genshin Impact
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Marvel Future Revolution
  • Pokémon Unite

Winner: Genshin Impact

Best Narrative

Nominees

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Psychonauts 2

Winner: Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy

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Best Action/Adventure Game

Nominees

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Winner: Metroid Dread

Best Ongoing

Nominees

  • Apex Legends
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact
  • Call of Duty: Warzone

 

Winner: Final Fantasy XIV Online

Official art for FFXIV Shadowbringers, showing the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn posing together in front of the Crystal Tower.

Best Community Support

Nominees

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky

Winner: Final Fantasy XIV Online

Innovation in Accessibility

Nominees

  • Far Cry 6
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Winner: Forza Horizon 5

Best Sports/Racing

Nominees:

  • F1 2021
  • FIFA 22
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Riders Republic

Winner: Forza Horizon 5

Best Audio Design

Nominees

  • Deathloop
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Returnal

Winner: Forza Horizon 5

Best Game Direction

Nominees

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Returnal
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Winner: Deathloop

 

Best VR/AR

Nominees

  • Hitman 3
  • I Expect You to Die 2
  • Lone Echo 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Sniper Elite VR

Winner: Resident Evil 4

Best Fighting

Nominees

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
  • Guilty Gear -Strive-
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Winner: Guilty Gear – Strive-

Best Family

Nominees

  • It Takes Two
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • New Pokémon Snap
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!

Cody and May, the playable characters in It Takes Two, soar through the air holding onto a giant dandelion

Winner: It Takes Two

Best Sim Strategy

Nominees

  • Age of Empires 4
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Humankind
  • Inscryption
  • icrosoft Flight Simulator

Winner: Age of Empires 4

Most Anticipated Game

Nominees

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Starfield

Winner: Elden Ring

Best Esports Game

Nominees

  • Call of Duty
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Valorant

League of Legends champions Braum, Warwick, Yasuo, Darius and Jinx stand ready for battle on a misty battlefield

Winner: League of Legends

 

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