The Game Awards 2018

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The Game Awards 2018
DateDecember 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
VenueMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles, United States
CountryUnited States
Hosted byGeoff Keighley
Highlights
Most awardsRed Dead Redemption 2 (4)
Most nominations
Game of the YearGod of War
Industry Icon AwardGreg Thomas
Viewership26.2 million

The Game Awards 2018 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2018. As with previous Game Awards, the event was hosted by Geoff Keighley at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 6, 2018. God of War won three awards, including for game of the year, while Red Dead Redemption 2 won the most overall awards with four. It was live streamed on over 40 platforms worldwide, with viewership numbers of over 26 million. In addition to the awards, a number of new games and content for them was revealed during the event.

Presentation[edit]

As with previous Game Awards events, the show was produced and hosted by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley, and held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 6, 2018.[1] The show was live streamed on more than 40 different services worldwide, with a total estimated viewership of 26.2 million; an increase of 126% over The Game Awards 2017.[2][3]

The ceremony began with a group speech by Microsoft's Phil Spencer, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Sony's Shawn Layden.[4] Various well-known film and gaming industry people to presented awards at the show, including game directors Jeff Kaplan and Josef Fares, the film directing Russo and Duffer brothers, actors Christoph Waltz, Aisha Tyler, Rosa Salazar, and Jonah Hill, and livestreamers Jacksepticeye, Ninja, and Pokimane.[5][6][7][8][9] In addition to a live musical performance of "Devil Trigger" from Devil May Cry 5, the show also featured an orchestra that included composers Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harry Gregson-Williams which performed music from some of the nominated games.[10][11]

The Industry Icon Award was given to Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, the studio that has been behind a large number of licensed professional sports games, such as the NBA 2K series.[12] The "Trending Gamer" award from previous shows was split into two separate categories.[1] One part became the Content Creator of the Year to be given to those that espouse the positive benefits of gaming, which was awarded to Richard Tyler Blevins, aka "Ninja". The other part became Global Gaming Citizens awards, selected by Facebook Gaming to recognize those gamers and programmers that were attempting to make a difference in the global community. Being awarded these were Steven Spohn, who co-founded AbleGamers to help improve accessibility in video gaming; Sadia Bashir for promoting female interest in game programming within Pakistan; and Lual Mayen, a South Sudanese programmer using games to help promote peace in his region.[13]

During the event, sales on some of the nominated and previously winning games were held on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Steam, and Xbox Games Store.[14] In addition, Epic Games launched its Epic Games Store during the presentation, offering some of the games shown at the event.[15]

Game announcements[edit]

Like previous Game Awards, the event announced a number of new games.[16] In addition, updates for previously announced and released games were also shown, including Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey,[17] Anthem,[18] Dauntless,[19] Dead by Daylight,[20] Devil May Cry 5,[21] Fortnite,[22] Forza Horizon 4,[23] Magic: The Gathering Arena,[24] PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds,[25] Psychonauts 2,[26] Rage 2,[27] The Stanley Parable,[28] and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[29]

Newly announced games were:

Awards and nominees[edit]

Nominees were announced on November 13, 2018, with any game released before November 22, 2018 being eligible for consideration.[46] In addition to a slate of video game industry representatives on a jury, public voting for winners was open from November 13 through December 6, 2018, both via the official website, as well as through various other platforms such as Discord, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Bilibili. Fan voting counted towards strictly 10% of the winners' selection in Jury-voted awards, but sharing votes on social media increased the weighting of the vote by 10% in the total consideration of fan votes.[1][47][48]

Among changes in the awards was the addition of various new esport-related categories, as well as the renaming of the former Trending Gamer award into Content Creator of the Year for those helping to create new and innovative content around video games, such as live streamers and YouTubers.[1]

Video games[edit]

Titles in bold won their respective category.[49]

Game of the Year Best Game Direction
Best Ongoing Game Best Narrative
Best Art Direction Best Score/Music
Best Audio Design Best Performance
Games for Impact Best Independent Game
Best Mobile Game Best VR/AR Game
Best Action Game Best Action/Adventure Game
Best Role Playing Game Best Fighting Game
Best Family Game Best Strategy Game
Best Sports/Racing Game Best Multiplayer Game
Best Student Game Best Debut Indie Game

Esports/other[edit]

Best Esports Game Best Esports Player
Best Esports Team Best Esports Coach
  • Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu (Cloud9)
    • Christian "ppasarel" Banaseanu (OG)
    • Danny "zonic" Sorensen (Astralis)
    • Dylan Falco (Fnatic)
    • Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi (Team Vitality)
    • Janko "YNk" Paunovic (MiBR)
Best Esports Event Best Esports Host
Best Esports Moment Content Creator of the Year
  • Cloud9 comeback win in triple OT vs Faze (ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018)
    • G2 beating RNG (League of Legends World Championship)
    • KT vs IG base race (League of Legends World Championship)
    • OG's massive upset of LGD (The International 2018)
    • SonicFox side switch against Go1 (Evo 2018)

Honorary awards[edit]

Industry Icon Award Global Gaming Citizens

Games with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Games that received multiple nominations
Nominations Game
8 God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
7 Marvel's Spider-Man
4 Celeste
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Destiny 2
Detroit: Become Human
Florence
Fortnite
Monster Hunter: World
Octopath Traveler
2 Dead Cells
Forza Horizon 4
Into the Breach
Life Is Strange 2
Mario Tennis Aces
The Messenger
Moss
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Return of the Obra Dinn
Games that received multiple awards
Awards Game
4 Red Dead Redemption 2
3 God of War
2 Celeste
Fortnite

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