Steam Awards

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Steam Awards
Awarded forUser-voted favorites on Steam
First awardedDecember 31, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-31)
Last awardedFebruary 8, 2019; 12 days ago (2019-02-08)

The Steam Awards are an annual user-voted award event for video games published on Valve Corporation's Steam platform, a digital distribution service primarily used for video games. They were introduced in 2016.


The Steam Awards are selected in two phases. In the first phase, Valve selects a number of categories, atypical of those used in gaming awards, and allows any registered Steam user to select one game available on Steam for that category. In the first Awards, this nomination period was concurrent with one of Steam's holiday sales during a week period in the month of November 2016.[1] During this period, Valve stated they received about 15 million nominations.[2]

Valve subsequently reviews the nominations, and then selects the five top games for final voting, and then reviews the user-defined categories to select a number that represent the most-frequently suggested ones, and the top five games nominated for those. These nominations are then presented to Steam users, giving them the opportunity to vote for one of the five nominated games in each category. Following this, Valve announces the winners.[2]



The nomination process took place from November 23–29, 2016.[1] The voting took place from December 22–30, 2016, with the winners announced on December 31, 2016.[2][3]

The 'Villain Most In Need Of A Hug' Award The 'I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award' Award
The 'Test of Time' Award The 'Just 5 More Minutes' Award
The 'Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!' Award The 'Game Within A Game Award' Award
The 'I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye' Award The 'Best Use Of A Farm Animal' Award
The 'Boom Boom' Award
(community created)
The 'Love/Hate Relationship' Award
(community created)
The 'Sit Back and Relax' Award
(community created)
The 'Better With Friends' Award
(community created)


The nomination process took place from November 22–28, 2017.[4] The voting took place from December 20, 2017 to January 2, 2018, with the winners announced on January 3.[5][6]

The 'Choices Matter' Award The 'Mom's Spaghetti' Award
The 'Labor of Love' Award The 'Suspension of Disbelief' Award
'The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along' Award The 'No Apologies' Award
The 'Defies Description' Award The 'Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War' Award
The 'Haunts My Dreams' Award The 'Soul of Vitruvius' Award
The 'Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0' Award The 'Best Soundtrack' Award
(community created)
The 'Even Better Than I Expected' Award


The nomination process began on November 21, 2018. Finalists were revealed in December, with the winners announced during a live broadcast on on February 8, 2019.[7][8][9]

The "Game of the Year" Award The "VR Game of the Year" Award
The "Labor of Love" Award The "Best Developer" Award
The "Best Environment" Award The "Better with Friends" Award
The "Best Alternate History" Award The "Most Fun with a Machine" Award


  1. ^ a b Sarkar, Samit (November 23, 2016). "Valve introduces Steam Awards, chosen by the community". Polygon. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Donneley, Joe (December 22, 2016). "Valve reveals Steam Awards nominees". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Good, Owen (December 31, 2016). "Steam Awards names its first-ever winners". Polygon. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 22, 2017). "The Steam Autumn Sale has begun, bringing back the Steam Awards". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Saed, Sherif (December 21, 2017). "Steam Awards 2017 nominees announced". VG247. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Chalk, Andy (January 3, 2018). "The 2017 Steam Awards winners are revealed". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Frank, Allegra. "Steam Autumn Sale is live, along with Steam Awards nominations". Polygon. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ Chalk, Andy. "Steam Winter Sale start date confirmed, Steam Award nominees announced". PC Gamer. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ Tarason, Dominic. "Steam Lunar New Year sale offers extra discounts for big spenders". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved February 4, 2019.

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