Nominees for The Game Awards 2023 have been revealed, with Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 leading the way with eight nominations each.
Alan Wake 2’s nominations include Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Sound Design, Best Performance (from Melanie Liburd), and Best Action/Adventure Game.
Baldur’s Gate 3 saw a number of similar nominations including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Score and Music, Best Performance (from Neil Newbon), Best Community Support, Best RPG, and Best Multiplayer.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 received seven nominations, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom received five alongside Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and Starfield received one.
The full list of categories and nominations for The Game Awards 2022 are as follows.
Game of the Year
Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.
Alan Wake 2Baldur’s Gate 3Marvel’s Spider-Man 2Resident Evil 4 RemakeSuper Mario Bros. WonderThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Best Game Direction
Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.
Alan Wake 2Baldur’s Gate 3Marvel’s Spider-Man 2Super Mario Bros. WonderThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.
Alan Wake 2Baldur’s Gate 3Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom LibertyFinal Fantasy 16Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Best Art Direction
For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.
Alan Wake 2Hi-Fi RushLies of PSuper Mario Bros. WonderThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.
Alan Wake 2Baldur’s Gate 3Final Fantasy 16Hi-Fi RushThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Best Audio Design
Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.
Alan Wake 2Dead Space RemakeHi-Fi RushMarvel’s Spider-Man 2Resident Evil 4 Remake
Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.
Ben Starr – Final Fantasy 16Cameron Monaghan – Star Wars Jedi: SurvivorIdris Elba – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom LibertyMelanie Liburd – Alan Wake 2Neil Newbon – Baldur’s Gate 3Yuri Lowenthal – Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Games for Impact
For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.
A Space for the UnboundChants of SennaarGoodbye Volcano HighTchiaTerra NilVenba
Best Ongoing Game
Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.
Apex LegendsCyberpunk 2077Final Fantasy 14FortniteGenshin Impact
Best Indie Game
For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.
CocoonDave the DiverDredgeSea of StarsViewfinder
Best Debut Indie Game
For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.
Best Mobile Game
For the best game playable on a mobile device.
Final Fantasy 7: Ever CrisisHonkai: Star RailHello Kitty Island AdventureMonster Hunter NowTerra Nil
Best Community Support
Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.
Baldur’s Gate 3Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom LibertyDestiny 2Final Fantasy 16No Man’s Sky
Best VR/AR Game
For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.
Gran Turismo 7HumanityHorizon: Call of the MountainResident Evil VillageSynapse
Innovation in Accessibility
Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.
Diablo 4Forza MotorsportHi-Fi RushMarvel’s Spider-Man 2Mortal Kombat 1Street Fighter 6
Best Action Game
For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.
Armored Core 6: Fires of RubiconDead Island 2Ghostrunner 2Hi-Fi RushRemnant 2
Best Action/Adventure Game
For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.
Alan Wake 2Marvel’s Spider-Man 2Resident Evil 4Star Wars Jedi: SurvivorThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.
Baldur’s Gate 3Final Fantasy 16Lies of PSea of StarsStarfield
Best Fighting Game
For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.
God of RockMortal Kombat 1Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2Pocket BraveryStreet Fighter 6
Best Family Game
For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.
Disney Illusion IslandParty AnimalsPikmin 4Sonic SuperstarsSuper Mario Bros. Wonder
Best Sports/Racing Game
For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.
EA Sports FC 24F1 23Forza MotorsportHot Wheels Unleashed 2: TurbochargedThe Crew Motofest
Best SIM/Strategy Game
Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.
Advanced Wars 1+” Re-Boot CampCities: Skylines 2Company of Heroes 3Fire Emblem EngagePikmin 4
Best Multiplayer Game
For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.
Baldur’s Gate 3Diablo 4Party AnimalsStreet Fighter 6Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Content Creator of the Year
For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2021.
Best Esports Athlete
The esports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeokMathieu “ZywOo” HerbautMax “Demon1” MazanovPaco “HyDra” RusiewiezPark “Ruler” Jae-hyukPhillip ”ImperialHal” Dosen
Best Esports Coach
The Esports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.
Christine “potter” ChiDanny “zonic” SorensenJordan “Gunba” GrahamRemy “XTQZZZ” QuoniamYoon “Homme” Sung-young
Best Esports Event
Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.
2023 League of Legends World ChampionshipBlast.tv Paris Major 2023EVO 2023The International Dota 2 Championships 2023VALORANT Champions 2023
Best Esports Game
For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.
Counter-Strike 2Dota 2Leage of LegendsPUBG MobileValorant
Best Esports Team
Recognizing a specific esports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.
Evil GeniusesFnaticGaiminJD GamingTeam Vitality
Most Anticipated Game
Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.
Final Fantasy 7 RebirthHades 2Like a Dragon: Infinite WealthStar Wars OutlawsTekken 8
Celebrating game-inspired projects across entertainment including TV, movies, comics, and more.
Castlevania: NocturneGran TurismoThe Last of UsThe Super Mario Bros. MovieTwisted Metal
The public can now vote for the nominees they think are most deserving of each individual award on The Game Awards website, with the awards ceremony taking place on December 7.
Last year’s show saw Elden Ring take Game of the Year, God of War: Ragnarok take Best Narrative, Final Fantasy 14 Online take Best Ongoing Game, Stray take Best Indie Game, Marvel Snap take Best Mobile Game, and more.
The Game Awards is also packed full of new game announcements and trailers. The 2022 show revealed Final Fantasy 16’s release date, for example, and also had Armored Core 6 and Death Stranding 2 announcements, Idris Elba’s starring in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.