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The Nominees For The Game Awards 2023 Have Been Announced

And the nominees are…

The nominees for The Game Awards 2022 have been officially announced.

It’s that time of year again when Geoff Keighley bombards us with X posts hyping up the Game Awards and all of the exciting announcements that he has in store. Of course, it’s not all about seeing the first trailer for Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree (my fingers are crossed, I tell you), it’s about celebrating the marquee releases in 2023. There are 31 categories this year, with Baldur’s Gate 3 and Alan Wake II leading the pack with eight nominations a piece, closely followed by Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 with seven.

Here are The Game Awards 2023 nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best Game Direction

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best Narrative

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)

Best Art Direction

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Lies of P (Round8 Studio/Neowiz Games)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best Score and Music

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best Audio Design

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Dead Space (Motive/EA)
  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

Best Performance

  • Ben Starr, Final Fantasy XVI
  • Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake II
  • Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Forza Motorsport (Turn10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Games for Impact

  • A Space for the Unbound (Mojiken Studio/Toge Productions/Chorus)
  • Chants of Sennaar (Rundisc/Focus Entertainment)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (KO_OP)
  • Tchia (Awaceb/Kepler Entertainment)
  • Terra Nil (Free Lives/Devolver Digital/Netflix)
  • Venba (Visai Games)

Best Ongoing

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

Best Community Support

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Independent Game

  • Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Dave the Diver (MINTROCKET)
  • Dredge (Black Salt Games/Team17)
  • Sea of Stars (Sabotage Studio)
  • Viewfinder (Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Dredge (Black Salt Games/Team17)
  • Pizza Tower (Tour de Pizza)
  • Venba (Visai Games)
  • Viewfinder (Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Mobile Game

  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis (Applibot/Square Enix)
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure (Sunblink Entertainment)
  • Honkai: Star Rail (HoYoverse)
  • Monster Hunter Now (Niantic/Capcom)
  • Terra Nil (Free Lives/Netflix)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SIE)
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain (Guerilla Games/Firesprite/SIE)
  • Humanity (that LTD/Enhance Games)
  • Resident Evil Village VR Mode (Capcom)
  • Synapse (nDreams)

Best Action Game

  • Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Dead Island 2 (Dambuster Studios/Deep Silver)
  • Ghostrunner 2 (One More Level/505 Games)
  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Remnant 2 (Gunfire Games/Gearbox Publishing)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Alan Wake II (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best RPG

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • Lies of P (Round8 Studio/Neowiz Games)
  • Sea of Stars (Sabotage Studio)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Games Softworks)

Best Fighting Game

  • God of Rock (Modus Studios Brazil/Modus Games)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 (Ludosity/Fair Play Labs/GameMill Entertainment)
  • Pocket Bravery (STATERA STUDIO/PQube)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Best Family Game

  • Disney Illusion Island (Dlala Studios/Disney)
  • Party Animals (Recreqate Games)
  • Pikmin 4 (Nintendo)
  • Sonic Superstars (Azest/Sonic Team/Sega)
  • Super Marios Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy Game

  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (WayForward/Nintendo)
  • Cities: Skylines II (Colossal Order/Paradox Interactive)
  • Company of Heroes 3 (Relic Entertainment/Sega)
  • Fire Emblem Engage (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Pikmin 4 (Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • EA Sports FC 24 (EA Vancouver/EA Romania/EA Sports)
  • F1 23 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • Forza Motorsport (Turn10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged (Milestone)
  • The Crew Motorfest (Ubisoft Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larion Studios)
  • Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Party Animals (Recreate Games)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)

Best Adaptation

  • Castlevania: Nocturne (Powerhouse Animation/Netflix)
  • Gran Turismo (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)
  • The Last of Us (PlayStation Productions/HBO)
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Illumination/Nintendo/Universal Pictures)
  • Twisted Metal (PlayStation Productions/Peacock)

Most Anticipated Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Square Enix)
  • Hades II (Supergiant Games)
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio/Sega)
  • Star Wars Outlaws (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)
  • Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco/Arika)

Content Creator of the Year

  • Ironmouse
  • Peoplemakegames
  • Quackity
  • Spreen
  • Sypherpk

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike 2 (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • PUBG Mobile (Lightspeed Studios)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best Esports Athlete

  • Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok (League of Legends)
  • Mathieu “Zywoo” Herbaut (CS:GO)
  • Max “DEMON1” Mazanov (Valorant)
  • Paco “Hydra” Rusiewiez (Call of Duty)
  • Park “Ruler” Jae-Hyuk (League of Legends)
  • Phillip “Imperialhal” Dosen (Apex Legends)

Best Esports Team

  • Evil Geniuses (Valorant)
  • FNATIC (Valorant)
  • Gaimin Gladiators (DOTA 2)
  • JD Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Team Vitality (Counter-Strike)

Best Esports Coach

  • Christine “Potter” Chi (Evil Geniuses/Valorant)
  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen (Team Falcons/Counter-Strike)
  • Jordan “Gunba” Graham (Florida Mayhem/Overwatch)
  • Remy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam (Team Vitality/Counter-Strike)
  • Yoon “Homme” Sung-Young (JD Gaming/League of Legends)

Best Esports Event

  • 2023 League of Legends Championship
  • Blast.TV Paris Major 2023
  • EVO 2023
  • The International DOTA 2 Championships 2023
  • Valorant Championships 2023

That list is a monster. The competition is pretty tight in some of these categories this year, so it might be an interesting one. The nominees highlight what a banger year 2023 has been for gaming, so regardless of who takes home a trophy, we all come out of the year having played some cracking games, so I guess we win? That’s lame, forget I said it.

Do you agree with these nominations? Which games are you hoping will take home a trophy? Let us know in the comments or on our social media.

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Written By Adam Ryan

Adam's undying love for all things PlayStation can only be rivalled by his obsession with vacuuming. Whether it's a Dyson or a DualShock in hand you can guarantee he has a passion for it. PSN: TheVacuumVandal XBL: VacuumVandal Steam: TheVacuumVandal

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