The Game Awards 2016 is fast approaching and nominees have been announced.  The award show takes place December 1st worldwide at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Live coverage begins at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT and the award show begins at 6pm PT/9pm ET.

You can stream the awards show through PSN, Steam, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, Xbox Live and any other devices with steaming services.  The Game Awards will also be the first award show to be streamed through VR.

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The trophy this year is a rising angel, which was created by The Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley in collaboration with the WETA Workshop in New Zealand.   It is described as “an angel rising up through digital building blocks, showing the evolution and ascension of the video game medium.”

JURY SELECTED         

          Game of the Year

  • Doom (id Software / Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn / Electronic Arts)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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Best Studio/Game Direction

  • Blizzard (for Overwatch)
  • DICE (for Battlefield 1)
  • id Software (for Doom)
  • Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4)
  • Respawn (Titanfall 2)

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          Best Narrative

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Mafia 3 (Hangar 13/2K Games)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony)

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          Best Art Direction

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

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          Best Music/Sound Design

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)

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          Best Performance

  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay (Mafia 3)
  • Cissy Jones as Delilah (Firewatch)
  • Emily Rose as Elena (Uncharted 4)
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake (Uncharted 4)
  • Rich Summer as Henry (Firewatch)
  • Tory Baker as Sam Drake (Uncharted 4)

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          Games for Impact Award

  • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
  • Block’Hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
  • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
  • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

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Best Independent Game

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish)
  • The Witness (Thekla)

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          Best Mobile/Handheld

  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Severed (Drinkbox Studios)

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          Best VR Game

  • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady/Warner Bros.)
  • EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)

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          Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

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          Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Hitman (IO Interactive/Square Enix)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog /Sony)

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          Best RPG

  • Dark Souls 3 (From Software/Bandai Namco)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

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         Best Fighting Game

  • Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft)
  • The King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
  • Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Company)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

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          Best Family Game

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/Warner Bros.)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toys for Bob/Activision)

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          Best Strategy Game

  • Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
  • Total War: Warhammer (The Creative Assembly/SEGA)
  • XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

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         Best Sports / Racing Game

  • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft)
  • MLB The Show 2016 (SIE San Diego Studio/Sony)
  • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

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         Best Multiplayer Game

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft)
  • Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

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          Most Anticipated Game

  • God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (BioWare/EAs)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

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FAN’S CHOICE

          Best eSports Player

  • Faker – [Lee Sang-Hyeok] SK Telecom T1, League of Legends
  • Coldzera – [Marcelo David] SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Byun-Hyun Woo – Starcraft 2
  • Infiltrator – [Lee Seeon-woo] Team Razer, Street Fighter 5
  • Hungrybox – [Juan Debiedma] Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.

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          Best eSports Team

  • SK Telecom T1 – Game: League of Legends
  • Wings Gaming – Game: DOTA 2
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers – Game: Leauge of Legends
  • Cloud 9

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          Best eSports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Street Fighter 5 (Capcom)

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           Trending Gamer

  • AngryJoeShow
  • Boogie2988
  • Danny O’Dwyer
  • JackSpeticeye
  • Lirik

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          Best Fan Creation

  • Project A2MR
  • Pokemon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Endereal: The Shards of Order

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The awards show will also give you a first look at Mass Effect: Andromeda with its World Gameplay Premiere!!

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About The Author

Christine M
Sr. Community Developer/ Staff Writer

About me: Christine "smollbirb" Marten is a recent college grad that has been playing video games since she was gifted with her first NES console in 1999. Known as LuxAterna on Steam, she started as a games journalist in 2012 and has been writing about games and the industry since. In college, she acted as the president/clubmother for the gaming club, and hosted her own gaming radio show called SoundWave Games. When she is not gaming she can be seen cosplaying at conventions, working with non-profits that fundraise through video games (like Extra Life and Child's Play), acting as community manager for The Senpai Project, playing League of Legends with friends, or serenading passerbyers with her violin skills on the streets of NYC. She will literally play anything that is thrown at her (but please don't throw to hard she is smoll). She enjoys indie games and horror games especially, and her favorite series of all times is Kingdom Hearts. Her third love, after video games and violin, is puns. Although it is a dangerous life she makes them whenever she hears the opportunity to do so. Christine hopes to bring her own spin on storytelling to the GAW community as she continues to seek out whatever the world has to offer!