We’re finally at the end of one of the most challenging years in history, and the show must go on. The Game Awards 2020 aired tonight, highlighting the best in gaming for the year. As expected, the show took on a different feel, but it was hardly noticeable. Producer and show creator Geoff Keighley has constantly tinkered with how TGAs are presented each year, so amidst a global pandemic and uncertain future, this show felt much like any other The Game Awards shows in recent years. And that’s a good thing.
The big winners tonight were not all surprises. Unlike the film industry, which has been effectively shut down due to COVID-19, gaming has seen a resurgence of sorts as people have been forced to quarantine and social distance. Games like Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons became a cultural lifeline this year, and it was rewarded for it, being named Best Family Game 2020.
There were many deserving games nominated, and the show featured plenty of massive game reveals for the next year and beyond.
Here is the list of winners at The Game Awards 2020, in the order in which they were announced.
Best Score/Music Winner: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Best Action/Adventure Game: The Last of Us Part II
Best Family Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Best Community Support: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Best Debut Game: Phasmophobia
Best eSports Game: League of Legends
Best eSports Coach: Zonic
Best eSports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2020
Best eSports Host: Sjokz
Best eSports Team: G2 Esports
Best eSports Athlete: Showmaker
Best Performance: Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us Part II
Best Ongoing Game: No Man’s Sky
Best Art Direction: Ghost of Tsushima
Best Action Game: Hades
Best VR/AR: Half-Life: Alyx
Best Sports/Racing Game: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring
Best Narrative: Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross, The Last of Us Part II
Games For Impact Award: Tell Me Why
Best Multiplayer Game: Among Us
Best Indie Game: Hades
Best Audio Design: The Last of Us Part II
Best RPG: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Best Sim/Strategy Game: Microsoft Flight Simulator
Player’s Voice: Ghost of Tsushima
Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Innovation for Accessibility Award: The Last of Us Part II
Best Mobile Game: Among Us
Content Creator of the Year: Valkyrae
Best Game Direction: The Last of Us Part II
Game of The Year: The Last of Us Part II
The over-three-hour show had a bunch of surprises and some great musical performances, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Many new games were revealed and Geoff Keighley once again pulled off a great show during a very trying time.
Featured image courtesy of The Game Awards.