The Game Awards 2019 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2019. The event was hosted by Geoff Keighley at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 12, 2019. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was awarded Game of the Year, while Disco Elysium received the most awards in total with four. In addition to the awards, several new games were revealed during the event.
The Game Awards 2019 were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 12, 2019, hosted by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley. The show was livestreamed globally in over 50 countries across numerous services, such as YouTube and Twitch. The show was also the first to have live broadcast and streaming to India, a significant growing market for the video game industry. Additionally, it was simulcast in select Cinemark movie theaters throughout the United States in partnership with Sony Pictures and its film, Jumanji: The Next Level.
The show had several guests as award presenters, including former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, NBA player Stephen Curry, film director Jonathan Nolan, actors Norman Reedus, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez, game developer Ikumi Nakamura, and Muppets characters Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker. The show also featured musical performances from Green Day, Grimes, and Chvrches, as well the Game Awards Orchestra.
In association with the event, a virtual games festival will be held online from December 12–14. During this period, a number of upcoming games will have free demos through Steam that can only be played during the Festival.
Game of the Year : Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – FromSoftware/Activision
Best Game Direction : Death Stranding – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Ongoing Game : Fortnite – Epic Games
Best Narrative : Disco Elysium – ZA/UM
Best Art Direction : Control – Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
Best Score/Music : Death Stranding – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Audio Design : Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Infinity Ward/Activision
Best Performance : Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff – Death Stranding
Games for Impact : Gris – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
Best Independent Game : Disco Elysium – ZA/UM
Best Mobile Game : Call of Duty: Mobile – TiMi Studios/Activision
Best VR/AR Game : Beat Saber – Beat Games
Best Action Game : Devil May Cry 5 – Capcom
Best Action/Adventure Game : Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – FromSoftware/Activision
Best Role Playing Game : Disco Elysium – ZA/UM
Best Fighting Game : Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Bandai Namco/Sora Ltd./Nintendo
Best Family Game : Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Next Level Games/Nintendo
Best Strategy Game : Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Best Sports/Racing Game : Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – Beenox/Activision
Best Multiplayer Game : Apex Legends – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts
Fresh Indie Game : ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
Best Community Support : Destiny 2 – Bungie
Content Creator of the Year : Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek
Player’s Voice : Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Best Esports Game : League of Legends – Riot Games
Best Esports Player : Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf (Sentinels, Fortnite)
Best Esports Team : G2 Esports (League of Legends)
Best Esports Coach : Danny “Zonic” Sørensen (Astralis, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Event : 2019 League of Legends World Championship
Best Esports Host : Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Nominees were announced on November 19, 2019. Any game released on or before November 15 was eligible for consideration. Nominees were compiled by jury panels of over 80 media outlets from across the globe for the main awards, and 17 outlets for the esports categories. Users are able to vote for the categories between November 19 and December 11; the net user vote will contribute 10% of the final winners, with the remaining 90% coming from the jury panels.
The sole exception was the Player’s Voice award, which was a fully fan-voted with a three-round nomination process starting with 24 games that ended with four. Additionally, the show included new honorees under the Global Gaming Citizens award for those that are using video games for the benefit of various communities.
Following the nominations for the 2019 show, there were some concerns related to possible impropriety due to the number of nominations, including Game of the Year, received by Death Stranding, Kojima Productions’ first project after becoming an independent studio from Konami. Keighley had been open about having a friendly relationship with game director Hideo Kojima in the past, and Kojima included Keighley as a cameo character in the game.
When these relationships were brought up, Keighley reiterated on social media that he had no part in any of the jury nominations or award selections, stating that since he has to work closely with developers and publishers to prepare the show, he keeps himself at a distance from any selection process. Additionally, while Kojima sits on the advisory board for The Game Awards, Keighley asserted the board had no direct influence on the selections.
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