Find Out Who The Nominees Are For The 2016 Game Awards

November 17, 2016 at 8:04 PM in Gaming News with no comments
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Just a few more weeks and the 2016 Game Awards is here. Nominees and categories this year include: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Music/Sound Design, Best Performance, Games for Impact, Best Independent Game, Best Mobile/Handheld, Best VR Game, Best Action Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best RPG, Best Fighting Game, Best Strategy Game, Best Family Game, Best Sports/Racing, Best Multiplayer, Most Anticipated Game, Trending Gamer, Best Fan Creation, Best Esports Player, Best Esports Team and Best Esports Game.

The Game Awards is founded by Geoff Keighley and it started on 2014. This is to recognize all the hard work the industry is putting into their games.

The games included in the 2016 Game Awards should have been commercially released after November 24, 2015, and on or before November 24, 2016. This means that games coming out this year but later than November 24 will be eligible for next year’s awarding.

The Game Awards 2016 will be on December 1st held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It will also be live streamed in so many channels so that you would not miss it. Catch the live streams via YouTube, Twitch, Steam, Twitter, Xbox Live and much more starting at 6 PM PT, 9 PM ET and 2 AM UK.

Check out the whole list of the 2016 Game Awards nominees below:

The Game Awards 2016 Nominees:

game-of-the-year     “For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.”
  • 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 “Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.”
  • 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 “For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in the game.”
  • 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 “For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.”
  • ABZU (Giant Squid/505)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)
best-music-sound-design “For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.”
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/ Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)
best-performance “Awarded to an individual for voice over-acting, motion and/or performance capture.”
  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay for Mafia III
  • Assy Jones as Delilah for Firewatch
  • Emily Rose as Elena for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Rich Summer as Henry for Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
games-for-impact “Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.”
  • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
  • Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
  • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
  • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)


“For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.”

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Stardew Valley (Concerned Ape/Chucklefish Games)
  • The Witness (Thelka,Inc.)
best-mobile-handheld “For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.”
  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
  • Pokemon Go (Ninantic)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
best-vr-game “For the best experience playable in virtual reality.”
  • Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
  • EVE Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Rez Infinite (EnhanceGames)
  • Thumper (Drool)
best-action-game “For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.”
  • 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 “For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.”
  • 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 “The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.”
  • 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 “For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.”
  • 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 “Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.”
  • 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 “Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.”
  • 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 “For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.”
  • 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 “For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.”
  • 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)


“An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.”
  • 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)


“For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016”.

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


“For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content”.
  • Project A2MR
  • Pokemon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order
best-e-sports-player-by-omen-hp “The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.”
  • Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
  • Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
  • Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)
best-esports-team “The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game”.
  • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
  • Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
  • Cloud 9
best-esports-game “The Esports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.”
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)