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09th Dec 2022

The winner of 2022’s Game of the Year has been revealed

Stephen Porzio

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Also, a ton of new games were announced at the awards show.

The end of the year is swiftly approaching, a time when award bodies and institutions in the arts and entertainment sector begin to take stock of the previous 12 months and all the best releases.

In keeping with this, The Game Awards – an annual awards ceremony honoring achievements in the video game industry – took place in Los Angeles on Thursday (8 December) and saw action role-playing game Elden Ring crowned Game of the Year.

Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki with worldbuilding provided by Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin, Elden Ring also won three other awards on the night for Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Role Playing Game.

However, the team behind Elden Ring had their Game of the Year victory speeches partly overshadowed by a stage crasher who stood with the developers before taking the microphone briefly.

The Game Awards’ creator and host Geoff Keighley wrote on Twitter that the man was later arrested.

Another big winner on the night was the action-adventure game God of War Ragnarök, which walked away with trophies in six categories – the most of any 2022 game.

These included in the categories Best Narrative, Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Performance – with actor Christopher Judge winning the latter for his role as the game’s protagonist Kratos.

Also at the event, a number of new games were announced, including sequels to the popular titles Death Stranding and Hades.

Meanwhile, Idris Elba was confirmed to be joining Cyberpunk’s 2023 expansion and the first full clip for The Super Mario Bros. Movie premiered.

The full list of winners for The Game Awards 2022 can be found below.

Game of the Year – Elden Ring

Best Game Direction – Elden Ring

Best Narrative – God of War Ragnarök

Best Art Direction – Elden Ring

Best Score/Music – Bear McCreary – God of War Ragnarök

Best Audio Design – God of War Ragnarök

Best Performance – Christopher Judge – God of War Ragnarök

Games for Impact – As Dusk Falls

Best Ongoing Game – Final Fantasy 14 Online

Best Indie Game – Stray

Best Debut Indie Game – Stray

Best Mobile Game – Marvel Snap

Best Community Support – Final Fantasy 14 Online

Best VR/AR Game – Moss: Book II

Innovation in Accessibility – God of War Ragnarök

Best Action Game – Bayonetta 3

Best Action/Adventure Game – God of War Ragnarök

Best RPG – Elden Ring

Best Fighting Game – MultiVersus

Best Family Game – Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Best Sports/Racing Game – Gran Turismo 7

Best SIM/Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Best Multiplayer Game – Splatoon 3

Content Creator of the Year – Ludwig

Best Esports Athlete – Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (OpTic Gaming, Valorant)

Best Esports Coach – Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (Loud, Valorant)

Best Esports Event – 2022 League of Legends World Championship

Best Esports Game – Valorant

Best Esports Team – Loud (Valorant)

Most Anticipated Game – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Adaptation – Arcane: League of Legends

Main image via Twitter/TheGameAwards