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Which is your pick for game of the year?

The Game Awards 2020 GOTY nominees and other major categories

By Kara Santos Published Dec 02, 2020 4:08 am

The Game Awards 2020, the biggest celebration in the global gameverse, is a little over a week away.

The video game industry’s year-end celebration will be returning live on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 as a free digital live stream available across more than 45 global video platforms. 

The Game Awards has gone virtual this year because of the pandemic and will be adapting a multi-city approach to its 2020 broadcast. The show is expected to air live in 4K UHD from studio locations with no in-person audience in three host cities: Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. The host cities will be digitally connected for an innovative celebration with live award presentations, musical performances, and spectacular world premiere game announcements.

Tom Holland has just been announced as one of the presenters at the Game Awards 2020. The actor is is best known for his take on Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is set to portay video game icon Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film based on Naughty Dog's hit game.

Geoff Keighley announced the nominees for The Game Awards last Nov. 18, prior to the awards show. Notably, The Last of Us Part II received the most nominations with 10 nods.

The titles nominated for Game of the Year 2020 include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, DOOM Eternal, Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, Hades and The Last of Us: Part II.

As a refresher, the past Game of the Year winners include Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014), The Witcher III (2015), Overwatch (2016), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017), God of War (2018) and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019).

Here's a list of nominees in some of the major categories in the 2020 Game Awards.

Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
  • Doom Eternal – id Software
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square Enix
  • Ghost of Tsushima – Sucker Punch
  • Hades – Supergiant Games
  • The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog

Game Direction

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square Enix
  • Ghosts of Tsushima – Sucker Punch
  • Hades – Supergiant Games
  • Half-Life Alyx – Valve
  • The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog

Most Anticipated Game

  • Elden Ring – From Software/Bandai Namco
  • Halo Infinite – 343/Xbox Game Studios
  • Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games/SIE
  • God of War Sequel – SIE Santa Monica/SIE
  • Resident Evil Village – Capcom
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – Nintendo


  • Ashley Johnson – Ellie, The Last of Us Part II
  • Laura Bailey – Abby, The Last of Us Part II
  • Daisuke Tsuji – Jin, Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham – Hades, Hades
  • Nadji Jeterm – Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Mobile Game

  • Among Us
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokémon Cafe Mix

VR/AR Game

  • Dreams
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Ghosts 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

Role Playing Game

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

Fighting Game

  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]

Sports/Racing Game

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

Multiplayer Game

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

Content Creator of the Year

  • Alanah Pearce
  • Jay Ann Lopez
  • Nickmercs
  • TimTheTatman
  • Valkyrae

Esports Game

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

The full list of nominees for The Game Awards 2020 can be viewed on The Game Awards 2020 official website here.

The Game Awards 2020 will be steramed live on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. PT, 6:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 a.m. CET, and 7:30 a.m.+1 in China.

(Images via The Game Awards)