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The Game Awards 2016 Category Nominees Announced

2016 is reaching its conclusion. Around that time, everyone tends to break down the best films, music, TV shows and other forms of media.

Geoff Keighley, the creator behind The Game Awards, and his chosen advisory board are ready to finalize their picks for the finest games of the year. The Game Awards 2016 have just unveiled their categories and the many nominees vying for each award. Fans can even participate in the voting right now on the award show’s official website for the following categories: Best eSports Player, Best eSports Team and Best eSports Game. And take note, gamers: the deadline to vote is November 30, 2016.

The Game Awards 2016 will emanate from the Los Angeles Microsoft Theater on December 1. And of course, we’ll make sure to have the live stream webcast up for all the show’s festivities. And for the 1st time in the show’s history, it will be showcased in VR.

The Game Awards 2016

You can check out the full lineup of nominees for each category down below:

GAME OF THE YEAR

DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)


BEST GAME DIRECTION

– Blizzard (for Overwatch)
– DICE (for Battlefield 1)
– id Software (for DOOM)
– Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
– Respawn (for Titanfall 2)


BEST NARRATIVE

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)


BEST ART DIRECTION

Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)


BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)


BEST PERFORMANCE

– Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
– Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
– Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
– Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
– Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
– Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End


GAMES FOR IMPACT

1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)


BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Inside (Playdead)
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)


BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD

Clash Royale (Supercell)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Severed (DrinkBox Studios)


BEST VR GAME

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)


BEST ACTION GAME

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)


BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)


BEST RPG

Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)


BEST FIGHTING GAME

Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
Street Fighter V (Capcom)


BEST STRATEGY GAME

Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)


BEST FAMILY GAME

Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)


BEST SPORTS/RACING

FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)


BEST MULTIPLAYER

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)


MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)


TRENDING GAMER, PRESENTED BY INTEL

– AngryJoeShow
– Boogie2988
– Danny O’Dwyer
– JackSepticEye
– Lirik


BEST FAN CREATION

– Brutal Doom 64
– Enderal: The Shards of Order


BEST ESPORTS PLAYER, PRESENTED BY OMEN BY HP

– Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
– Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
– ByuN – Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
– Infiltration – Lee Seon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
– Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)


BEST ESPORTS TEAM

– SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
– Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
– SK Gaming
– ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
– Cloud 9


BEST ESPORTS GAME

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
DOTA2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Street Fighter V (Capcom)

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