The Game Awards of 2019 are right around the corner, by which we mean the winners will be revealed live on Thursday, December 12th, and the nominees are in.

Both Control and Death Stranding dominate the nominees, appearing in almost every single category. Naturally, Nintendo have dominated the Best Family Game section.

Winners of The Game Awards are determined by a blended vote between the voting jury, who hold 90% of the vote, and public fan voting, who get the other 10%.

You can vote for your favourite nominees once every 24 hours on the official The Game Awards 2019 website and through Google Search Voting across all categories. Certain categories can also be voted in via Twitter DM and Discord.

Fan voting for The Game Awards 2019 closes on Wednesday, December 11th, at 6pm PST. You’ll find all the nominees below and you can head over to the The Game Awards website here to vote. Happy voting!

GAME OF THE YEAR

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

  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Resident Evil 2
    • Capcom/Capcom
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • FromSoftware/Activision
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo
  • The Outer Worlds
    • Obsidian/Private Division

ACTION GAME

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

  • Apex Legends
    • Respawn/EA
  • Astral Chain
    • Platinum Games/Nintendo
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    • Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Devil May Cry
    • Capcom
  • Gears 5
    • The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios
  • Metro Exodus
    • 4A Games/Deep Silver

ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

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

  • Borderlands 3
    • Gearbox/2K
  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Resident Evil 2
    • Capcom/Capcom
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
    • Grezzo/Nintendo
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • FromSoftware/Activision

ART DIRECTION

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

  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Gris
    • Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
    • Simogo/Annapurna
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • FromSoftware/Activision
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
    • Grezzo/Nintendo

AUDIO DESIGN

Recognising the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    • Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Gears 5
    • The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios
  • Resident Evil 2
    • Capcom/Capcom
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • FromSoftware/Activision

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Recognising a game for outstanding community support, transparency, and responsiveness.

  • Apex Legends
    • Respawn/EA
  • Destiny 2
    • Bungie
  • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Square Enix
  • Fortnite
    • Epic Games
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
    • Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the industry in 2019.

  • Courage (Jack Dunlop)
  • Dr. Lupo (Benjamin Lupo)
  • Ewok (Soleil Wheeler)
  • Grefg (David Martínez)
  • Shroud (Michael Grzesiek)

eSPORTS COACH

The eSports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag
    • Team Liquid, CS:GO
  • Nu-ri ‘Cain’ Jang
    • Team Liquid, LoL
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann
    • G2 eSports, LoL
  • Kim ‘kkOma’ Jeong-gyun
    • SK Telecom T1, LoL
  • Titouan ‘Sockshka’ Merloz
    • OG, DOTA 2
  • Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen
    • Astralis, CS:GO

eSPORTS EVENT

Recognising a singular event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants, in-person fans, and the broadcast audience.

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

eSPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR

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.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    • Valve
  • DOTA 2
    • Valve
  • Fortnite
    • Epic Games
  • League of Legends
    • Riot Games
  • Overwatch
    • Blizzard

eSPORTS HOST

The best host or commentator of eSports events (both in-venue and/or broadcast) in 2019, irrespective of game or language.

  • Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere
  • Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson
  • Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner
  • Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez
  • Duan ‘Candice’ Yu-Shuang

eSPORTS PLAYER

The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019, irrespective of game.

  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
    • Sentinels, Fortnite
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok
    • SK Telecom, League of Legends
  • Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovi?
    • G2 eSports, League of Legends
  • Oleksandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev
    • Natus Vincere, CS:GO
  • Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won
    • SF Shock, Overwatch

eSPORTS TEAM

Recognising an individual eSports team judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Astralis
    • CS:GO
  • G2 eSports
    • LoL
  • OG
    • DOTA 2
  • San Francisco Shock
    • OWL
  • Team Liquid
    • CS:GO

FAMILY GAME

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

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
    • Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Ring Fit Adventure
    • Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Super Mario Maker 2
    • Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
    • Good-Feel/Nintendo

FIGHTING GAME

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

  • Dead or Alive 6
    • Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo
  • Jump Force
    • Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco
  • Mortal Kombat 11
    • Netherrealm/WBIE
  • Samurai Showdown
    • SNK/Athlon
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo

FRESH INDIE GAME

Recognising a new independent studio that released its first game in 2019.

  • ZA/UM
    • for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio
    • for Gris
  • Deadtoast Entertainment
    • for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital
    • for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit
    • for Slay The Spire
  • House House
    • for Untitled Goose Game

GAME DIRECTION

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

  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Resident Evil 2
    • Capcom/Capcom
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    • FromSoftware/Activision
  • Outer Wilds
    • Mobius Digital/Annapurna

GAMES FOR IMPACT

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

  • Concrete Genie
    • Pixelopus/SIE
  • Gris
    • Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • Kind Words
    • Popcannibal
  • Life is Strange 2
    • Dontnod/Square Enix
  • Sea of Solitude
    • Jo-Mei Games/EA

INDEPENDENT GAME

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

  • Baba Is You
    • Hempuli
  • Disco Elysium
    • ZA/UM
  • Katana Zero
    • Askiisoft/Devolver
  • Outer Worlds
    • Mobius Digital/Annapurna
  • Untitled Goose Game
    • House House/Panic

MOBILE GAME

For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
    • TIMI Studios/Activision
  • Grindstone
    • Capybara Games
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
    • Simogo/Annapurna
  • Sky: Children of the Light
    • Thatgamecompany
  • What The Golf?
    • Tribland

MULTIPLAYER GAME

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

  • Apex Legends
    • Respawn/EA
  • Borderlands 3
    • Gearbox/2K
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    • Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Tetris 99
    • Arika/Nintendo
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
    • Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft

NARRATIVE

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
    • ASOBO/Focus Home
  • Control
    • Remedy/505 Games
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Disco Elysium
    • ZA/UM
  • The Outer Worlds
    • Obsidian/Private Division

ONGOING GAME

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

  • Apex Legends
    • Respawn/EA
  • Destiny 2
    • Bungie
  • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Square Enix
  • Fortnite
    • Epic Games
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
    • Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

PERFORMANCE

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

  • Ashly Burch
    • as Parvati Holcomb in The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope
    • as Jesse Faden in Control
  • Laura Bailey
    • as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen
    • as Cliff in Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta
    • as Dr. Casper Darling in Control
  • Norman Reedus
    • as Sam Porter in Death Stranding

ROLE-PLAYING GAME

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

  • Disco Elysium
    • ZA/UM
  • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Square Enix
  • Kingdom Hearts III
    • Square Enix
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
    • Capcom
  • The Outer Worlds
    • Obsidian/Private Division

SCORE AND MUSIC

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

  • Cadence of Hyrule
    • Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo
  • Death Stranding
    • Kojima Productions/SIE
  • Devil May Cry 5
    • Capcom
  • Kingdom Hearts III
    • Square Enix
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
    • Simogo/Annapurna

SPORTS/RACING GAME

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

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
    • Beenox/Activision
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
    • Codemasters
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
    • PES Productions/Konami
  • F1 2019
    • Codemasters
  • FIFA 20
    • EA Sports

STRATEGY GAME

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

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
    • Triumph Studios/Paradox
  • Anno 1800
    • Blue Byte/Ubisoft
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    • Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
    • Creative Assembly/SEGA
  • Tropico 6
    • Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media
  • Wargroove
    • Chucklefish

VR/AR GAME

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

  • Asgard’s Wrath
    • Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios
  • Blood & Truth
    • SIE London Studio/SIE
  • Beat Saber
    • Beat Games
  • No Man’s Sky
    • Hello Games
  • Trover Saves The Universe
    • Squanch Games

Remember: Head over to the official The Game Awards 2019 website to vote. Once again: happy voting!

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