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The Game Awards 2020: full winners list, game trailers and announcements

The Game Awards 2020
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Update: We've compiled the full Game Awards 2020 winners list below along with a recap of game trailers revealed and the full video replay in case you missed the live stream.

The only way to watch The Game Awards this year was through a live stream (video embedded below) because the 2020 presentation didn't happen in person.

We followed the Geoff Keighley-hosted award show – now in its seventh year – with live updates. Now we're back with a recap in case you missed the live stream, and it's now complete with The Game Awards 2020 winners list at the bottom of the page.

Ark 2

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The Game Awards recap of announcements

As you can see above, The Game Awards is more than 'the Oscars for video games'. It's like the Oscars combined with a marathon a world premier trailers – in this case game trailers. It's a great vehicle for new game announcements.

The real reason to watch The Game Awards is to see the epic game (and sometimes hardware) reveals that happen in between the award segments. It makes TGAs must-see TV – or must-live-stream online video.

The Last of US Part 2

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The Game Awards: Game of the Year winner

There were 30 different award categories (we've listed them all in two sections), and The Game Award nominees for Game of the Year have been narrowed down to just seven titles voted on by fans ahead of the live stream:

  • Doom Eternal
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons
  •  The Last of Us Part II – Winner

More of the The Game Awards winners are listed below.

The rest of The Game Awards winners list

Best game direction winner

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  •  The Last of Us Part II – Winner

Best narrative winner

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  •  The Last of Us Part II – Winner

Best art direction winner

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima – Winner
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best score and music winner

  • Doom Eternal
  • Fantasy Fantasy 7 Remake – Winner
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best audio design winner

  • Doom Eternal
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Resident Evil 3
  • The Last of Us Part II – Winner

Best performance winner

  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us Part II
  • Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part II – Winner
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham as Hades in Hades
  • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Games for impact winner

  • If Found... by Dreamfeel
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition by Cardboard Computer
  • Spiritfarer by Thunder Lotus Games
  • Tell me why by Dontnod Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios – Winner
  • Through the Darkest of Times by Paintbucket Games

Best ongoing game winner

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • No Man's Sky – Winner

Best indie game winner

  • Carrion by Phobia Game Studios/Devolver
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout by Mediatonic/Devolver
  • Hades by Supergiant Games – Winner
  • Spelunky 2 by Mossmouth, LLC
  • Spiritfarer by Thunder Lotus Games

Best mobile game winner

  • Among Us – Winner
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokemon Cafe Mix

Best community support winner

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout – Winner
  • Fortnite
  • No Man's Sky
  • Valorant

Best VR/AR

  • Dreams
  • Half-Life Alyx – Winner
  • Marvel's Iron Man VR
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Walking Dead: Saint's & Sinners

Innovation in accessibility winner

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Grounded
  • Hyperdot
  • The Last of Us Part II – Winner
  • Watch Dogs Legion

Best action game winner

  • Doom Eternal
  • Hades – Winner
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Nioh 2
  • Streets of Rage 4

Best action/adventure game

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Last of Us Part II – Winner

Best RPG winner

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake – Winner
  • Genshin Impact
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Best fighting game

  • Grandblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate – Winner
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • OnePunch Man: Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late(CL-R)

Best family game

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Winner
  • Crash Bandicoot 5: It's About Time
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

Best SIM/Strategy game winner

  • Crusader Kings III
  • Desperados III
  • Gears Tactics
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator – Winner
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad

Best sports/racing game winner

  • Dirt 5
  • F1 2020
  • FIFA 21
  • NBA 2K21
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 – Winner

Best multiplayer game winner

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Among Us – Winner
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Valorant

More winners are from esports and creator categories. But first...

Watch The Game Awards full video replay

You don't have to travel far to watch The Game Awards. In fact, we added the video right here so that you can watch the awards and world premier game trailers without ever having to leave this page.

The Game Awards is free to watch (and rewatch) and was streamed on 45 platforms. This includes YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook Live, Steam, Oculus Venues and even TikTokLive this year. Unlike the old Spike TV awards, 'how to watch The Game Awards' is a much easier question to answer: pretty much anywhere.

The show broadcast live from Los Angeles, London and Tokyo with strict safety protocols, according to the official Game Awards website. But there wasn't an audience in LA this time around. Everyone watched from home and guests made appearances via Zoom.

The Game Awards start time – here's when it started

The official Game Awards started at 7pm EST / 4pm PST, December 10, which was 12am GMT / 11am AEST December 11. It was broadcast at the same time around the world for free, so you could watch it no matter where you were located.

The Game Awards live stream had a small pre-show that started 30 minutes before the main event. That was 6:30pm EST / 3:30pm PST / 11:30pm GMT for that and the less flashy technical awards were handed out then. 

Why watch The Game Awards 2020?

It's easy to dismiss The Game Awards as a pageantry show to pat game developers on the back at the end of the year. But anyone who's actually watched The Game Awards live stream in past years knows it's more about the big game reveals.

Last year, Microsoft gave us our first look at The Xbox Series X console, something we didn't expect, and in 2014, we got the world premier of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before it came to the Nintendo Switch. This year ended on a high note with a tease of a new Mass Effect game. 

We also saw new Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighters, but we didn't get Spider-Man 3 movie teaser, a Halo Infinite gameplay trailer, or an Uncharted 5 debut trailer. And everyone hoping to see Sony drop more PS5 inventory didn't get what they really wanted: more PS5 restock.

The Game Awards winners in esports, creator pre-show categories

Content Creator of the Year winner

  • Alanah Pearce
  • Jay Ann Lopez
  • Nickmercs
  • Timthetaman
  • Valkrae – Winner

Best debut game winner

  • Carrion
  • Mortal Shell
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Röki
  • Phasmophobia – Winner

Best esports athlete

  • Ian "Crimsix" Porter
  • Heo "Showmaker" Su – Winner
  • Kim "Canyon" Geon-Bu
  • Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro
  • Matthieu "Zywoo" Herbaut

Best esports coach

  • Danny "Zonic" Sorensen – Winner
  • Dae-Hee "Crusty" Park
  • Fabian "Grabbz" Lohmann
  • Lee "Zefa" Joe-Min
  • Raymond "Rambo" Lussier

Best esports event

  • Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals
  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020
  • IEM Katowice 2020
  • League of Legends World Championship 2020 – Winner
  • Overwatch: League of Grand Finals 2020

Best esports game

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends – Winner
  • Valorant

Best esports host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere – Winner
  • James "Dash" Patterson
  • Jorien "Sheever" Van Der Heijden

Best esports team

  • Damwon gaming
  • Dallas empire
  • G2 Esports – Winner
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Secret

Besides The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley, we saw familiar faces as celebrity presenters: director Christopher Nolan, who handed out the game of the year award, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, rocker Eddie Vedder, DC and Marvel superheroes Gal Gadot and Brie Larson, and fresh off his Cyberpunk 2077 role, actor Keanu Reeves.

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