The Game Awards 2023 |

Some points of interest:

  • The ceremony takes place at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, and tickets are available now.
  • The nominees are listed on The Game Awards website, or just look below
  • Fan voting closes on 2023-12-07T02:00:00Z
  • The award ceremony will take place on 2023-12-08T00:30:00Z with a pre-show starting at 2023-12-08T00:15:00Z
  • Most of the award categories are decided on by a 10/90 mix of fan votes and jury votes. But there 's also the Players’ Voice category, which is entirely decided on by the public.
  • There’s an FAQ that’s worth a read for those curious about the voting process and other things.

The Game Awards 2023 Nominees (winners are underlined)

Breakdown of how the most nominated games did:

  • Baldur’s Gate 3: 5 wins of 8 nominations
  • Alan Wake 2: 3 wins of 8 nominations
  • Spider-Man 2: 0 wins of 7 nominations
  • Hi-Fi Rush: 1 win of 5 nominations
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder: 1 win of 5 nominations
  • Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: 1 win of 5 nominations
  • Cyberpunk 2077: 1 win of 3 nominations
  • Final Fantasy XVI: 1 win of 3 nominations
  • Resident Evil 4: 0 wins of 3 nominations
  • Street Fighter 6: 1 win of 3 nominations

Game of the Year

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Game Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Game 3
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Narrative

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Game 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Best Art Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Lies of P
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Score and Music

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Audio Design

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Dead Space
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4

Best Performance

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

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Diable IV
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Street Fighter 6

Games for Impact

  • A Space for the Unbound
  • Chants of Sennaar
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Tchia
  • Terra Nil
  • Venba

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Community Support

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • No Man’s Sky

Best Independent Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dredge
  • Sea of Stars
  • Viewfinder

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dredge
  • Pizza Tower
  • Venba
  • Viewfinder

Best Mobile Game

  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Monster Hunter Now
  • Terra Nil

Best VR/AR Game

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Humanity
  • Resident Evil Village VR Mode
  • Synapse

Best Action Game

  • Armored Core VI
  • Dead Island 2
  • Ghostrunner 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Remnant 2

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best RPG

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Lies of P
  • Sea of Stars
  • Starfield

Best Fighting Game

  • God of Rock
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
  • Pocket Bravery
  • Street Fighter 6

Best Family Game

  • Disney Illusion Island
  • Party Animals
  • Pikmin 4
  • Sonic Superstars
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Best Sim/Strategy Game

  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
  • Cities: Skylines 2
  • Company of Heroes 3
  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Pikmin 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • EA Sports FC 24
  • F1 23
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged
  • The Crew Motorfest

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Diablo IV
  • Party Animals
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Best Adaptation

  • Castlevania: Nocturne
  • Gran Turismo
  • The Last of Us
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Twisted Metal

Most Anticipated Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Hades II
  • Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth
  • Star Wars Outlaws
  • Tekken 8

Content Creator of the Year

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • DOTA 2
  • League of Legends
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Valorant

Best Esports Athlete

  • Faker
  • Zywoo
  • Demon1
  • Hydra
  • Rule
  • Imperialhal

Best Esports Team

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • JD Gaming
  • Team Vitality

Best Esports Coach

  • Potter
  • Zonic
  • Gunba
  • Homme

Best Esports Event

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

Xbox Nominees


Credit for the above image goes to @Klobrille.


Credit for the above image goes to Xbox Wire.


I’m attending this one in person this year (flying in from Toronto). I was hoping to cheer on Starfield or Hi Fi but I fear they may be snubbed.

I hope MS brings some goods. I’ll get some predictions ready for the reveals. Just need a few mins! :slight_smile:


Announcement Predictions:

  • Footage from a pre-announced XGS/Bethesda game (Hellblade 2, Indy, PD, etc.)
  • Dragon Age: Dreadwolf Footage and Release Window.
  • Project Suerte Revealed
  • Death Stranding 2 footage
  • Earthblade footage
  • Hades 2 release date
  • Splinter Cell Remake Trailer
  • Fallout TV Show Trailer
  • CoD MWIII Update
  • Among Us New Content
  • FFVII Rebirth Trailer
  • Wolverine footage
  • Alone in the Dark reveal
  • Something from Nintendo. Not sure if Switch 2 will be announced by then? Would they steal a page from MS’s book and announce it there? Idk, but I reckon they’ll bring something.
  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League footage
  • Borderlands Movie Trailer
  • Spyro 4 announce?

I have a feeling Xbox will skip again, but I hope not. It’s always cool to see some really cool new reveals or maybe first gameplay of a already announced game.

But I also really wonder about Capcom and that game that will sell millions and releasing March next year. It can only be RE or MH, and it’s not time for RE. Unless it’s another remake, like Code Veronica. But I don’t think that was on the leaked list a few years ago.

Honestly, I don’t mind and prefer if they focus on their own shows. However, this event will have the most eyes on it, so it’s not a bad idea to reveal something here and show more of it later on their own show


Maybe you should rush the stage wearing Xbox Era merch. Pretend to be a developer winning an award. Obligatory Bill Clinton shout out. You know the drill.

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“Bill Clinton wants to play Elder Scrolls 6. I want to play Elder Scrolls 6”


Yeah, not gonna watch that live, I’ll see it when they get posted. Just like the show itself, for years I watched that live which basically meant sacrificing a good sleep, because around the time it was over I was over my sleep, lol.

So not worth it.


My prediction -

  1. Alan Wake II
  2. Baldur’s Gate III
  3. Marvel’s Spider Man 2
  4. Starfield
  5. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

These tickets cost $200 US for an unubstructed view just to watch Starfield get snubbed. JFC.

Oh well, I’m going at any rate.

That’s insane. I’ll be watching online like I usually do.

Yeah the show is mostly a time waste to me, what’s interesting is annoucnemts and trailers/gameplay which I check when I wake up in summarized articles, I hope there’s good Xbox & Game Pass presence :+1:


200?!!! What tha fuck.

Hope so too. They had nothing last year, but perhaps that was because they just didn’t have anything to show either. Maybe wanted to keep that for their own show.

My prediction for goty nominations hasn’t changed from when I posted it a while back (iirc):

  1. Alan Wake 2 (possible dark horse winner)
  2. Zelda ToTK (most likely winner)
  3. BG3 (runner up)
  4. Sea of Stars or Cocoon for the indie slot
  5. FF16
  6. Armored Core 6

Nominees will be announced via live stream in just over half an hour from this post, meaning 2023-11-13T17:00:00Z and you can view it here:

I’ll be back afterwards with a list of nominees.

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People on Twitter truly enjoying the possibility that Starfield might not be nominated for GOTY. It’s truly just sad and pathetic. I wouldn’t be shocked if it doesn’t get nominated, solely because of how all over the place reviews overall are. No idea how much importance reviews play in these nominations, but…yeah.

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I don’t see it getting nominated, but would suck if both that game and Hi-FI Rush miss out.


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I feel like a remake of a game shouldn’t be in there, but hey.

It’s clear that reviews absolutely do matter, a lot. Personally I feel that SM2 got overrated big time anyway. Ah well.