Nominees Announced for The Game Awards 2019

What many consider to be the video game equivalent of the Oscars, The Game Awards, is set to air next month on Dec. 12, marking the show’s fifth anniversary. But before the awards come the nominees, which were revealed today in a 9-minute-long YouTube video hosted by Game Awards producer and creator Geoff Keighley.

Some of the biggest games of 2019 were nominated in categories like Best Narrative, Best Direction, a number of genre awards and, of course, Game of the Year. Aside from awards for video games, nominees were also announced for categories like Content Creator of the Year and Best Esports Player. See below for the complete list of nominees.

There seem to be a few clear favorites that are nominated for a number of categories, particularly Control and Death Stranding, which tied for the most nominations at eight each. Other interesting tidbits mentioned by Keighley include that the nominees for Best Ongoing Game and Best Community Support are the same, and that all five nominees for Best Family Game this year are Nintendo games.

Voting for each category is open now on The Game Awards website. The show will air Dec. 12 at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET.

The Game Awards 2019 Nominees

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence

  • Control

  • Death Stranding

  • Disco Elysium

  • The Outer Worlds

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Performance

  • 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 Bridges in Death Stranding

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie
  • Gris
  • Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to)
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Independent Game

  • Baba is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana Zero
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Gears 5
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Grindstone
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of Light
  • What the Golf?

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Blood & Truth
  • Beat Saber
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro Exodus

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne
  • The Outer Worlds

Beat Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • Wargroove

Best Sports/Racing game

  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
  • DiRT Rally 2.0
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 2020

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Fresh Indie Developer

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

Content Creator of the Year

  • Jack “CouRage” Dunlop
  • Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo
  • Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler
  • David “TheGrefg” Martinez
  • Michael “shroud” Grzesiek

Best Esports Game

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

  • Kyle “Bugha” Giersforf
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
  • Luka “Perkz” Perkovic
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Jay “sinatraa” Won

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • OG
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Liquid

Best Esports event

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • Evo 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • Intel Extreme Masters – Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

Best Esports Coach

  • Eric “adreN” Hoag from Team Liquid
  • Nu-ri “Cain” Jang from Team Liquid
  • Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann from G2 Esports
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun from SK Telecom T1
  • Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz from OG
  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen from Astralis

Best Esports Host

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

Best Game Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Outer Wilds

Game of the Year

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Outer Worlds