The Game Awards 2020 Nominees Revealed

With this year’s edition of The Game Awards quickly approaching, those planning on casting their votes in the annual gaming awards show now know what categories they’ll be voting in and what games they’ll be voting for. The Game Awards producer and host Geoff Keighley announced the different categories for this year’s show as well as the games, developers, and individuals who are eligible for votes. The show itself is scheduled to take place on December 10th with voting open for the categories starting on November 18th.

Those who’ve watched The Game Awards in past years – or really any other annual gaming awards show – will see some of the expected categories in the choices outlined below like Game of the Year, Best Multiplayer Game, and many more which have become standards on the big stage. Some of the year’s best games like Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, and Call of Duty: Warzone made expected appearances as nominees as well.

You can find the full list of categories and nominees below, and you can vote on your favorites now by heading to the show’s site. The categories and games below are listed in order of appearance as they were announced except for the Game of the Year award which we’ve moved to the top given its prominence.

Game of the Year
DOOM Eternal
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Ghost of Tsushima
Animal Crossing New Horizons
The Last of Us Part II

Best Performance
Ashley Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us Part II
Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part II
Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima
Logan Cunningham as Hades in Hades
Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in Mavel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Multiplayer Game
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Among Us
Call of Duty: Warzone
Fall Guys

Best Ongoing Game
Apex Legends
Destiny 2
Call of Duty: Warzone
No Man’s Sky

Best Art Direction
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Ghost of Tsushima
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The Last of Us Part II

Best Score/Music
Doom Eternal composed by Mick Gordan
Final Fantasy VII Remake composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Mitsuto Suzuki
Hades composed by Darren Knob
Ori and the Will of the Wisps composed by Gareth Coker
The Last of Us Part II composed by Gustavo Santaolalla with additional music by Mac Quayle

Best Audio Design
Doom Eternal
Half-Life: Alyx
Ghost of Tsushima
Resident Evil 3
The Last of Us Part II

Innovation in Accessibility
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The Last of Us Part II
Watch Dogs: Legion

Best Narrative
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim written by George Kamitani
Final Fantasy VII Remake written by Kazushige Nojima, Motomu Toriyama, Hiroaki Iwaki, and Sachie Hirano
Ghost of Tsushima written by Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs, and Jorden Lemos
Hades written by Greg Kasavin
The Last of Us Part II written by Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross

Games for Impact
If Found…
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
Tell Me Why
Through the Darkest of Times: A Historical Resistance Strategy Game

Best Independent Game
Fall Guys
Spelunky 2
Best Mobile Game
Among Us
Call of Duty: Mobile
Genshin Impact
Legends of Runeterra
Pokemon Café Mix

Best Community Support
Apex Legends
Destiny 2
Fall Guys
No Man’s Sky

Best Debut Indie Game
Mortal Shell
Raji: An Ancient Epic

Best VR/AR Game
Half-Life: Alyx
Marvel’s Iron Man VR
Star Wars: Squadrons
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Content Creator of the Year
Alanah Pearce
Jay-Ann Lopez

Best Action Game
DOOM Eternal
Half-Life: Alyx
Nioh 2
Streets of Rage 4

Best Action/Adventure Game
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ghost of Tsushima
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The Last of Us Part II

Best RPG
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Genshin Impact
Persona 5 Royal
Wasteland 3
Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Best Fighting Game
Granblue Fantasy Versus
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late [cl-r]

Best Family Game
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Fall Guys
Mario Kart Live Home Circuit
Minecraft Dungeons
Paper Mario: The Origami King

Best Simulation/Strategy Game
Crusader Kings III
Desperados III
Gears Tactics
Microsoft Flight Simulator
XCOM Chimera Squad

Best Sports/Racing Game
Dirt 5
F1 2020
FIFA 2021
NBA 2K21
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

Best Esports Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
League of Legends

Best Esports Athlete

Best Esports Team
Damwon Gaming
Dallas Empire
San Francisco Shock
G2 Esports
Team Secret

Best Esports Coach
Danny “Zonic” Sorensen
Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park
Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann
Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min
Raymond “Rambo” Lussier

Best Esports Event
Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals
Call of Duty League Championship 2020
IEM Katowice 2020
League of Legends World Championship 2020
Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020

Best Esports Host
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
Alex “Machine” Richardson
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
James “Dash” Patterson
Jorien “Sheever” Van Der Heijden

Best Game Direction
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Ghost of Tsushima
Half-Life: Alyx
The Last of Us Part II

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Gary Really was a shit year for games. All the the GoTY contenders weren't even that good.

The fact that we're probably dealing with Doom vs Animal Crossing is worrisome. Hopefully next year is better.


Really was a shit year for games. All the the GoTY contenders weren't even that good.


Makes since for Doom for sure.


Maze The game of the year line up looks bleeeeeeehhhhhhh this year.

Duuuddeee haha Yeah, I read the list and said the same thing. This year for games haven't been that great, or that have came up on my radar as "Wow, this game has out done itself."


The game of the year line up looks bleeeeeeehhhhhhh this year.