The Game Awards is pretty much the Oscars or the Grammys of the video game industry. Aside from E3, it’s the biggest annual event for video games, and it celebrates the standout developers and releases of the year. While 2020 might have been a rough year (to say it lightly), it definitely didn’t have a shortage of amazing new games.
Just like every other huge video game event this year, The Game Awards 2020 went virtual to ensure the safety of the would-be attendees of the show. With nominees tuning in live to await the announcement of each award’s winner, you can think of TGA 2020 as the world’s most important Zoom call in the gaming industry.
The show, which wrapped up earlier today had a series of unexpected wins as well as some big announcements for upcoming games, but if you don’t have the time to watch the entire 3-hour livestream, here’s a recap of all the winners and major announcements from The Game Awards 2020.
It wouldn’t be an awards show without a long list of best-in-category awards. TGA 2020 celebrated the best of every major game genre as well as the best work in the various fields that go into video game production, including voice acting performances, music and scoring, and game direction. Here’s a list of all the winners who’ve proven to be the best among the best.
Player’s Voice Award: Ghost of Tsushima
Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring
Best Debut Game: Phasmophobia
Best Sports/Racing Game: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Best Multiplayer Game: Among Us
Best Family Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Best Sim/Strategy Game: Microsoft Flight Simulator
Best Role Playing Game: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate Edition
Best Action Game: Hades
Best Action/Adventure Game: The Last of Us Part II
Best VR/AR Game: Half-Life: Alyx
Best Mobile Game: Among Us
Best Community Support: Fall Guys
Best Ongoing Game: No Man’s Sky
Best Indie Game: Hades
Best Performance: Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part II
Best Score and Music: Nobuo Uematsu. Masashi Hamauzu, and Mitsuto Suzuki for Final Fantasy Remake VII
Best Audio Design: The Last of Us Part II
Best Narrative: The Last of Us Part II
Best Art Direction: Ghost of Tsushima
Best Game Direction: The Last of Us Part II
Despite many esports events this year either being cancelled or postponed, the esports industry was quick to get back on its feet and transition to hosting virtual and COVID protocol-compliant physical events. To celebrate the esports industry as well as its athletes, TGA 2020 also handed out a number of esports awards.
Best Esports Host: Eefje “Sjoks” Depoortere
Best Esports Event: 2020 League of Legends World Championship
Best Esports Coach: Danny “zonic” Sorensen
Best Esports Team: G2 Esports
Best Esports Athlete: Heo “Showmaker” Su
Best Esports Game: League of Legends
Aside from best-of and awards, The Game Awards also has a few unique awards for games that help cater to certain communities or hold unique achievements in the field of video games. These are the awards given to those who’ve helped push the boundaries of video games as a medium.
Innovation in Accessibility: The Last of Us Part II
Games for Impact Award: Tell Me Why
Content Creator of the Year: Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofsetter
And of course, the crowning event of every TGA show is the awarding of Game of the Year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, God of War, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice were the recipients of this award in the past three years, and those three games have definitely set the bar high for 2020. Technical achievements, impact, and of course the overall gameplay are factored into deciding on a G.O.T.Y. winner, and no game this year fills out all these criteria better than The Last of Us Part II. Whether you love or hate the story, it’s an undeniably amazing video game experience that will remain among the greats in video game history. Besides, what better game to give the award, than one about zombies being born from a deadly virus?
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Sephiroth Descends to Battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Left 4 Dead is Back 4 Blood
A new Dragon Age is coming
2 Ark 2 Furious
Master Chief is back… in Fortnite
Are you happy with this year’s TGA winners? And which of the announcements are you most excited about? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments! You can also check out The Game Awards 2020’s full livestream below:
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