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The Game Awards 2023 Nominations: Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 Lead the Gaming Excellence

Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 in 2023 Game Awards

The nominations for the 2023 Game Awards have been announced, applauding the best games and creators in the gaming biz.

Alan Wake 2,” from Remedy Entertainment (top left) and Baldur’s Gate 3 from Larian Studios (top right), are two standout sequels this year, and their captivating characters have earned them multiple nods, including the Game of the Year contender Game of the Air, are evident.

Top Nominations and Publishers at 2023 Game Awards

Joining the esteemed nominations for Game of the Air are four other titles from long-running franchises: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 from Insomniac Games, Resident Evil 4 from Capcom, Alan Wake 2, Super Mario Bros. Wonder from Nintendo, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom from Nintendo.

Nintendo leads the pack with 15 nominations in its shared portfolio, making it the most nominated publisher for the 2023 Game Awards. Sony Interactive Entertainment/PlayStation follows with 13 nominations, Xbox (including Bethesda and Blizzard) with 10, and Epic Games with nine. Alan Wake 2 has also secured its place among the outstanding nominees.

Top Nominations at 2023 Game Awards
Top Nominations at 2023 Game Awards

In total, the 112 nominees for the 2023 Game Awards represent diverse games, individuals, teams, and various events across multiple platforms. These nominees are selected by over 100 media publications and influential outlets globally. Alan Wake 2, with its remarkable presence, adds to the diversity and excellence celebrated in this prestigious event.

The 10th Annual Game Awards: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the much-anticipated 10th Annual Game Awards show, featuring Alan Wake 2 and other gaming gems! Set for Thursday, December 7, 2023, the event will be streaming live on over 30 platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, TikTok Live, and Twitter. Besides the excitement of announcing winners, viewers can look forward to exclusive premieres, thrilling trailers, captivating live music performances, and appearances by renowned personalities.

From December 6, 6 PM PT until December 6, 6 AM PT, fans, including those eagerly awaiting Alan Wake 2, can actively participate by casting their votes across all categories on thegameawards.com. For an even more immersive experience, join the official Discord server, vote for your favorite nominees, and be part of the live watch party on December 7. Get ready for real-time reactions to the winners, including the recognition of outstanding titles like Alan Wake 2.

Alan Wake 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 Lead 2023 Game Award Nominees
Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 Lead 2023 Game Award Nominees

The Game Awards are brought to you by executive producers Geoff Keighley and Kimmie Kim. Creative direction is led by LeRoy Bennett, with direction by Rachel Preuss.

For a full list of nominees, check below:

Game of the Year:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo SPD/Nintendo)

Best Game Direction:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo SPD/Nintendo)

Best Narrative:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Art Direction:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • High Fidelity Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • PK Jot (Round 8 Studio/News Games)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo SPD/Nintendo)

Best Score and Music:

  • Alan Wake 2, featuring composer Petri Alanko (Remedy Entertainment and Epic Games Publishing)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3, with composer Borislav Slavov from Larian Studios
  • Final Fantasy XVI, featuring the composition of Masayoshi Soken from Square Enix
  • High Fidelity Rush, Audio Director Shuhei Kobori (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo Sound Team (Nintendo SPD/Nintendo)

Best Audio Design:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
  • Dead Space (Motive Studios/EA)
  • High Fidelity Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

Best Performance:

  • Bin Starr, Final Fantasy XVI
  • Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake 2
  • Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Accessibility in Gaming:

  • Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)
  • High Fidelity Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Games for Impact:

  • Inbound for One Place (Magic Notion/Toge Productions/Curve Digital)
  • Senua’s Chants (Ninja Theory/Focus Entertainment)
  • Farewell Pyre (KO_OP)
  • Tchia (Awaceb/Kepler Interactive)
  • Terra Nil (Free Lives/Devolver Digital/Net Flux)

Best Ongoing Game:

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)

Best Community Support:

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Indie Game:

  • Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Drej (MINTROCKET)
  • Gray (Black Salt Games/Team 17)
  • Stars of the Sea (Sabotage Studio)
  • Vivi Finder (Seed Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Debut Indie Game:

  • Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Drej (Black Salt Games/Team 17)
  • Pizza Tower (Pizza Tower)
  • Terra Nil (Free Lives/Devolver Digital/Net Flux)
  • Vivi Finder (Seed Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Mobile Game:

  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, developed by Applibot and published by Square Enix.- Honkai: Star Rail (HoYoverse)
  • Hello Kitty Adventure Island (Sanrio Entertainment)
  • Monster Hunter Now (Niantic/Capcom)
  • Tera Nil (Free Lives/Dolores/Net Flux)

Best VR/AR Game:

  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)
  • Humanity (tha LTD/Enhance Games)
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain (Gorilla Games/Fireprite/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village VR Mode (Capcom)
  • Synapse (nDreams)

Best Action Game:

  • Armored Core VI: Rubicon’s Fire (SoftWare/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • DidiLand 2 (Dambuster Studios/Deep Silver)
  • Ghost Runner 2, developed by One More Level and published by 505 Games.
  • Highwire (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Outcasts 2 (Gunfire Games/Gearbox Publishing)

Best Action/Adventure Game:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy/Epic Games)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
  • Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best RPG:

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
  • P.K.’s Lie 3 (Round 8 Studio/Neowiz Games)
  • Stars of the Sea (Subtle Games)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks)

Best Fighting Game:

  • God of Rock, developed by Modus Studios Brazil and published by Modus Games.
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 (Ludosity/Fair Play Labs/GameMill)
  • Jibii Bahaduri (Statera Studio/PQube)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Best Family Game:

  • Disney Illusion Island (Dlala Studios/Disney)
  • Party Animals (Recreated Games)
  • Pikmin 4 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Sonic SuperStars (Arsys/Sonic Team/Sega)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy Game:

  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (WayForward/Nintendo)
  • City: Skyline II (Colossal Order/Paradox Interactive)
  • Company of Heroes 3 (Relic Entertainment/Sega)
  • Fire Emblem Engage (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Pikmin 4 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing:

  • EA Sports FC 24, developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania, published by EA Sports.
  • F1 23 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • Forza Motorsport (Turn 10/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged (Sumo Digital)
  • Crew Motorfest (Ubisoft Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)

Best Multiplayer through Discord:

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
  • Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Party Animals (Recreated Games)
  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game:

  • Final Fantasy VII: Panzer Dragoon (Square Enix)
  • Heads II (Supergiant Games)
  • Dragon’s Trace: Unlimited Wealth (Ryu ga Gotoku Studio/Sega)
  • Star Wars Outlaws (Ubisoft Massive/Ubisoft)
  • Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco/Arika)

Game Content Creator of the Year:

  • IronMouse
  • People Make Games
  • Jeld Bazi
  • Sphiren
  • Cipher PK

Best Sports Game:

  • Counter-Strike 2 (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • – PUBG Mobile (LightSpeed Studios/Tencent Games)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best Sports Athlete:

  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends)
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut (CS:GO)
  • Max “DeeMon1” Mazanov (Valorant)
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez (Call of Duty)
  • Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk (League of Legends)
  • Filip “ImperialHal” Dosen (Apex Legends)

Best Sports Team:

  • Evil Geniuses (CS:GO)
  • Jhony (Valorant)
  • Gaimin Gladiators (Dota 2)
  • JD Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Team Vitality (Counter-Strike)

Best Sports Coach:

  • Kristian “Potter” Chi, representing Evil Geniuses in Valorant.
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen (Team Falcons – Counter-Strike)
  • Jordan “Gunba” Graham (Florida Mayhem – Overwatch League)
  • Remy “XTQZZZ” Kruonis (Team Vitality – Counter-Strike)
  • Yun “Homme” Sang-yin (JD Gaming – League of Legends)

Best Sports Event:

  • 2023 League of Legends World Championship
  • Blast.tv Paris Major 2023
  • EVO 2023
  • International Dota 2 Championship 2023
  • Valorant Champions 2023

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