Game of The Year

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

Best Game Direction

Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

Best Score/Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

Games for Impact

For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

Best Ongoing Game

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

Best Handheld Game

For the best game playable on a dedicated portable gaming system.

Best VR/AR Game

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

Best Action Game

For the best game in the action genre focused on combat.

Best Action/Adventure Game

For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

Best Role Playing Game

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

Best Fighting Game

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

Best Family Game

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

Best Strategy Game

Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

Best Sports/Racing Game

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

Best Multiplayer

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

Most Anticipated Game Presented by McCafé

Awarded to an upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise. Title must be announced and scheduled for release after December 7, 2017.

Best Independent Game

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

Best Student Game

Awarded the best student project created at the high school or college level.

Best Esports Game

For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

Best Esports Player, presented by Omen by HP

The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2017, irrespective of game.

Best Esports Team

The eSports team judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2017, inclusive of multi-team organizations.

Best Debut Indie Game, presented by Schick Hydro

Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2017. Winner selected by fan voting.

Best Chinese Game

A fan-voted award to recognize the most popular game in China, as judged by The Game Awards viewers in China.