2022 Game Awards nominees announced

The Game Awards announced its nominees for 2022, selected by a global jury made up of over 100 media publications and influencer outlets.

The 2022 Game Awards will air live on December 8 on over 40 global video platforms.

Get the full list of candidates below.

Game of the year

Recognize a game that offers the absolute best experience in all creative and technical fields.

Best Game Direction

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Ring of the Elden (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Ragnarok, god of war (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Forbidden West Horizon (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • IMMORTALITY (Half siren)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Fiction

For exceptional storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Story: Requiem (Asobo Studio / Focus Entertainment)
  • Ring of the Elden (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Ragnarok, god of war (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Forbidden West Horizon (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • IMMORTALITY (Half siren)

Best artistic direction

For outstanding creative and / or technical results in artistic design and animation.

  • Ring of the Elden (From Software / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Ragnarok, god of war (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Forbidden West Horizon (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Contempt (Software Ebb / Kepler Interactive)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)

Best soundtrack and music

For great music, including a soundtrack, original song and / or licensed soundtrack.

  • A Plague Story: Requiem (Olivier Derivière, Composer)
  • Ring of the Elden (Tsukasa Saitoh, Composer)
  • Ragnarok, god of war (Bear McCreary, Composer)
  • Metal: Hellsinger (Two feathers, Composer)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Yasunori Mitsuda, Composer)

Best audio design

Recognize the best in-game audio and audio design.

The best performance

Assigned to an individual for dubbing, motion, and / or performance capture.

  • Ashly Burch (Forbidden West Horizon)
  • Charlotte McBurney (A Plague Story: Requiem)
  • Christopher judge (Ragnarok, god of war)
  • Manon Gage (IMMORTALITY)
  • Sunny Suljic (Ragnarok, god of war)

Games for impact

For a challenging game with a pro-social meaning or message.

Best game in progress

Awarded to an outstanding ongoing content development game that evolves the player experience over time.

Best Indie

For exceptional creative and technical results in a game made outside the traditional publishing system.

Best mobile game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

Best community support

A game recognition for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, including social media activity and game updates / patches.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Creative Business Unit III / Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic games)
  • Nobody’s heaven (Hello Games)

Innovation in accessibility

Recognize software and / or hardware that are pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

Best Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality

For the best playable virtual or augmented reality gaming experience, regardless of platform.

Best Action Game

For the best game of the action genre focused mainly on combat.

Best Action / Adventure

For the best action / adventure game, which combines combat with crossing and solving puzzles.

  • A Plague Story: Requiem (Asobo Studio / Focus Entertainment)
  • Ragnarok, god of war (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Forbidden West Horizon (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team / Finji)

Best RPG

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

Best fight

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

The best family

For the best game suitable for family play, regardless of genre or platform.

Best simulation / strategy

Best game focused on real-time or turn-based simulation or strategic gameplay, regardless of platform.

The best sports / racing

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

Best Multiplayer

For exceptional online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and mass multiplayer experiences, regardless of game genre or platform.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Multi-meeting (First Player Games / WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games / Dotemu)

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who made a major and positive impact on the community in 2021.

  • Carlo Giacobbe
  • Ludovico
  • Nibellion
  • Nobru
  • QTCinderella

Best Independent Debut

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Neon white (Angel Matrix / Annapurna Interactive)
  • NORCO (Robot Geography / Raw Fury)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team / Finji)
  • Vampire survivors (poncle)

Best fit

Recognize outstanding creative work that faithfully and authentically adapts a video game to another medium of entertainment.

  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche / Riot Games / Netflix)
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunner (Studio Trigger / CD Project RED / Netflix)
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR / King Features Syndicate / Netflix)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group / Paramount Pictures)
  • Unexplored (PlayStation Productions / Sony Pictures)

The most awaited

Recognize an announced game that has demonstrably demonstrated the potential to propel the game medium forward.

Best Esports Game

For the game that gave players the best overall esports experience (including tournaments, community support, and content updates), regardless of genre or platform.

  • Counter-Strike: global offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot games)
  • Missile League (Psyonix / Epic Games)
  • VALORANT (Riot games)

Best Esports Athlete

The eSports athlete was rated the most outstanding in performance and behavior in 2021, regardless of the game.

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen. G, League of Legends)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, League of Legends)
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen ((FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: global offensive)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: global offensive)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, VALORANT)

The best eSports team

Recognition of a specific eSports team (not the entire organization) was rated the most outstanding in performance and conduct in 2021.

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • Clan FaZe (Counter-Strike: global offensive)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • Los Angeles thieves (call of Duty)
  • HIGH VOICE (VALORANT)

Best Esports Coach

The eSports manager was rated the most outstanding in performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: global offensive)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: global offensive)
  • Go to “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, League of Legends)

Best eSports event

Recognize an event (over one or more days) that offered a first-rate experience for the attendees and audience of the broadcast.

  • EVO 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 mid-season invitation
  • VALORANT Champions 2022

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