The Game Awards 2020 were handed out tonight.
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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.

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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

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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.

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