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The Game Awards 2022 Winners Revealed

The Game Awards 2022 Winners Revealed - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 December 2022 / 2,708 Views

The Game Awards 2022 has now concluded. Elden Ring won Game of the Year and God of War: Ragnarök had a great night as well winning multiple awards.

Other game to win awards include As Dusk Falls, Bayonetta 3, Final Fantasy XVI Online, Gran Turismo 7, Marvel Snap, Moss: Book II, MultiVersus, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Splatoon 3, Stray, and VALORANT.

Here is the full list of winners for The Game Awards 2022 (Winner is bolded):

Game of the Year

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

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio / Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment) - Winner
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft ?Nintendo)

Best Game Direction

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

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment) - Winner
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • IMMORTALITY (Half Mermaid)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio / Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment) - Winner
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • IMMORTALITY (Half Mermaid)

Best Art Direction

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

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment) - Winner
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Scorn (Ebb Software / Kepler Interactive)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Score and Music

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

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Olivier Deriviere, Composer)
  • Elden Ring (Tsukasa Saitoh, Composer)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Bear McCreary, Composer) - Winner
  • Metal: Hellsinger (Two Feathers, Composer)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Yasunori Mitsuda, Composer)

Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment) - Winner
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance

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

  • Ashly Burch (Horizon Forbidden West)
  • Charlotte McBurney (A Plague Tale: Requiem)
  • Christopher Judge (God of War Ragnarok) - Winner
  • Manon Gage (IMMORTALITY)
  • Sunny Suljic (God of War Ragnarok)

Games for Impact

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

  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive / Annapurna Interactive)
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior/Night / Xbox Game Studios) - Winner
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over the Age / Fellow Traveller)
  • Endling: Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios / HandyGames)
  • Hindsight (Team Hindsight / Annapurna Interactive)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games / Finji)

Best Ongoing Game

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

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Creative Business Unit III / Square Enix) - Winner
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

Best Indie

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

  • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster / Devolver Digital)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive) - Winner
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team / Finji)

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed Studios / Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Diablo Immortal (Blizzard / NetEase Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYovese)
  • MARVEL SNAP (Second Dinner Studios / Nuverse) - Winner
  • Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio / Perfect World / Level Infinite)

Best Community Support

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates / patches.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Creative Business Unit III / Square Enix) - Winner
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Innovation in Accessibility

Recognizing software and / or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior/Night / Xbox Game Studios)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment) - Winner
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox / Devolver Digital)
  • The Last Of Us Part I (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games / 2K)

Best Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality

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

  • After the Fall (Vertigo Games)
  • Among Us VR (Schell Games / InnerSloth)
  • BONELAB (Stress Level Zero)
  • Moss: Book II (Polyarc) - Winner
  • Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot)

Best Action Game

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

  • Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games / Nintendo) - Winner
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games / Dotemu)

Best Action / Adventure

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

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio / Focus Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment) - Winner
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team / Finji)

Best Role-Playing

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

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco Entertainment) - Winner
  • LIVE A LIVE (historia / Square Enix)
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak / Nintendo / The Pokemon Company)
  • Triangle Strategy (Artdink / Square Enix)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft / Nintendo)

Best Fighting

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

  • DNF Duel (Arc System Works / Eighting / Neople / Nexon)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • The King of Fighters XV (SNK)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games / Warner Bros. Games) - Winner
  • Sifu (Sloclap)

Best Family

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

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo) - Winner
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Traveller’s Tales / WB Games)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan / Paris / Ubisoft)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Simulation / Strategy

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

  • Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games / Funcom)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan / Ubisoft Paris / Ubisoft) - Winner
  • Total War: Warhammer III (Creative Assembly / SEGA)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios / SEGAA)
  • Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio / Paradox Interactive)

Best Sports / Racing

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

  • F1 22 (Codemasters / EA Sports)
  • FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver / Romania / EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment) - Winner
  • OlliOlli World (Roll7 / Private Division)

Best Multiplayer

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

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games / WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo) - Winner
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games / Dotemu)

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2021.

  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig - Winner
  • Nibellion
  • Nobru
  • QTCinderella

Best Debut Indie

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Neon White (Angel Matrix / Annapurna Interactive)
  • NORCO (Geography of Robots / Raw Fury)
  • STRAY (BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna Interactive) - Winner
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team / Finji)
  • Vampire Survivors (poncle)

Best Adaptation

Recognizing outstanding creative work that faithfully and authentically adapts a video game to another entertainment medium.

  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche / Riot Games / Netflix) - Winner
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger / CD Projekt RED / Netflix)
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR / King Features Syndicate / Netflix)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group / Paramount Pictures)
  • Uncharted (PlayStation Productions / Sony Pictures)

Most Anticipated

Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.

  • Final Fantasy XVI (Creative Business Unit III / Square Enix)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software / Warner Bros. Games)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo) - Winner

Best eSports Game

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)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix / Epic Games)
  • VALORANT (Riot Games) - Winner

Best eSports Athlete

The eSports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, League of Legends)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, League of Legends)
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen ( (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, VALORANT) - Winner

Best eSports Team

Recognizing a specific eSports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (VALORANT) - Winner

Best eSports Coach

The eSports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT) - Winner
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, League of Legends)

Best eSports Event

Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.

  • EVO 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship - Winner
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
  • VALORANT Champions 2022

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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37 Comments
TheWalrusCaesar (on 09 December 2022)

Feels like a nice ending for the 2 big competitors. One wins the most awards and the other GOTY, good night for both of them!

  • +7
thevideogameninja (on 09 December 2022)

I had God of War and Elden Ring battling it out for the top spot so I'm not really surprised that Elden Ring took home the GOTY.

While I personally preferred God of War Elden Ring was a close second and I have no complaints with it winning.
Considering how many awards God of War took home I don't think they will lose any sleep over it.

-ONE GAME TO RULE THEM ALL NINJA APPROVED-

  • +5
ClassicGamingWizzz (on 09 December 2022)

Winners if this night:

Elden ring, GOW, Stray, sony , bandai namco and Bill Clinton

  • +4
Qwark ClassicGamingWizzz (on 09 December 2022)

Nintendo also did rather well

  • +2
Mystro-Sama (on 09 December 2022)

Can't believe Bill Clinton won more game awards than Xenoblade 3.

  • +3
Blood_Tears (on 09 December 2022)

Damn, Sony had a killer night. Between all their announcements over the show they had GoW:R with 6 awards, GT7 wins best racer and Stray with best indy shows great insight in marketing and promotion from them. Hell, even Elden Ring winning game of the year is still a win for them since they own part of From Soft now.

  • +2
Valdney (on 09 December 2022)

Damn!! Such a shame GoW lost to Bill Clinton. Lol!

  • +2
Leynos (on 09 December 2022)

Glad Bayo 3 won. Xenoblade robbed as usual

  • +2
SvenTheTurkey Leynos (on 10 December 2022)

Agreed on both.

  • -1
siebensus4 (on 09 December 2022)

Nintendo won more awards than usual. Besides best family game there's usually not much to win for Nintendo. Next year we will have a battle between Starfield and Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

  • +1
Chazore (on 09 December 2022)

Pretty much as I expected, Cult gets nowt, and Stray was put in one bracket it had no chance of winning, but it mopped up the rest that it was in, meaning one indie won in indie catas, the rest get nowt.

Got a laugh from that random kid on stage though.

  • +1
UnderwaterFunktown (on 09 December 2022)

What an underdog story. From President of the United States to Game of the Year.

  • 0
TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 09 December 2022)

Deserved winners, althought I can't comment on the esports section. What was the show like overall? I didn't watch it but it looks like a good few games were announced.

  • 0
Runa216 TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 09 December 2022)

There were some awkward moments but mostly good! Nice balance between game trailers and awards ceremonies. I do wish they'd give each award category an actual segment instead of having him just say like 4 or 5 awards in a row without much suspense.

  • 0
halil23 (on 12 December 2022)

keep in mind elder ring has more votes due to being on more platform, otherwise in a perfect world god of war would've easily won and xblock wouldn't exist!! This applies to every award publications

  • -1
smroadkill15 halil23 (on 13 December 2022)

In a perfect world terrible opinion like this wouldn't exist.

  • 0
lfprodrigues (on 11 December 2022)

I don't understand how Xenoblade 3 didn't win score and music.

  • -1
LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 December 2022)

I was rooting for gow coz it was just so much more focused while elden ring felt bloated as hell!

Still haven't finished it!

Nonetheless congrats from soft and a rare sight from Hidetaka Gaddamn badass Miyazaki!

I just don't think Elden Ring is from softs Magnum opus.

Sekiro and Bloodborne was their pinnacle I think.

Sometimes more isn't good.

  • -3
Leynos LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 December 2022)

Their pinnacle is Armored Core 4 Answer and Otogi 2.

  • -5
Leynos Leynos (on 09 December 2022)

Anyone who downvotes this never played From Soft games before Souls.

  • 0
Runa216 Leynos (on 09 December 2022)

Armored Core 4 Answer is amazing, won't disagree there. but compared to Bloodborne or Elden Ring? Nah.

  • -1
Manlytears LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 December 2022)

Bloodborne is truly special, same goes to sekiro.

  • 0
Runa216 Manlytears (on 09 December 2022)

Every Soulslike directed from Hidetaka Miyazaki is in my all-time favourites list. Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Dark Souls III, Sekiro, and Elden Ring. All immensely enjoyable games that are just special to me on multiple levels. Bloodborne is the only game in my top 10 that isn't on the SNES.

  • -1
Kanemaru (on 09 December 2022)

Best narrative for Ragnarok... OMG. The other games are lame too but if Ragnarok has the price for this year, that proves how empty 2022 was in term of narrative games. GoW games becoming narrative games is truly something that makes me sick.

  • -10
Leynos Kanemaru (on 09 December 2022)

Or how blind you are

  • +3
Kanemaru Leynos (on 09 December 2022)

Right back at you. Unless you're 12, then I can understand.

  • -7
Runa216 Kanemaru (on 09 December 2022)

Nah man, the entire community aside from a few loud members of the minority disagree with you. God of War went from mindless, immature hack and slash game (that was admittedly fun), to an actually deep game with nuanced characters and expert storytelling.

You're allowed to not like it but hot damn the new God of War games are SO good. No idea how you could be against a franchise maturing and growing like this. Especially since they're still incredibly fun to play from a pure gameplay perspective. IT's not like they traded away the hack and slash combat for story, they just made everything from the storytelling to the combat weightier.

  • +1
Leynos Kanemaru (on 10 December 2022)

There is a bunch of games this year with good stories. You didn't play them. So that's on you

  • +3
Kanemaru (on 09 December 2022)
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Manlytears (on 09 December 2022)
  • -14