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09/30/2020
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

September 30, 2pm (BST), London: Voting goes live today in the 38th Golden Joystick Awards, the world’s biggest public-voted games awards. Every year millions of fans show their support by voting for the games, developers, publishers and personalities who have entertained and thrilled them the most over the last 12 months.

 

Now in its 38th year, the Golden Joystick Awards show has been confirmed for this November with a new all-digital format and global focus.

 

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film explains more:

 

“Last year the Golden Joystick Awards were held in central London with awards being handed out to developers who had flown in from all around the globe. This year the event will be a truly global, all-digital, affair with a variety of exciting guest hosts, exclusive game trailers and editorialised video features. We strongly believe this will allow us to reach millions more fans, with the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 being hosted on gamesradar.com, currently enjoying a year of record traffic. Our revamped digital show will be produced by the team behind the recently-launched Future Games Show, which attracted 23 million views for its E3 and Gamescom shows. We can’t wait to celebrate the best games of the last 12 months and look forward to the next generation of consoles and creators.”

 

The Golden Joystick Awards are brought to you by GamesRadar+, the world’s fastest-growing major games website. GamesRadar+ recorded its all-time audience record of 35.5m global users in April 2020, and has seen phenomenal growth over the year with a 92% rise in users across the globe*.

 

Voting starts today across 18 categories, including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, eSports and PC Game of the Year, as well as Best Family Game (NEW for 2020), Best Multiplayer Game, Best Indie Game, Best Gaming Hardware, Best Game Expansion, Best Game Community (NEW for 2020), Best Studio and more.

 

Fans can also cast a vote for online games that they can’t give up playing in the ‘Still Playing’ award, as well as the game they are most looking forward to in the hotly-contested ‘Most Wanted’ award category which was won by Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019.

 

Daniel Dawkins said:

 

“Our judging panel has worked hard to narrow down the shortlist to just eight games in each category**. Some games are so good they have made it into more than one category, with multiple nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Last of Us Part II, Fall Guys and more. We have also added in two new categories - ‘Best Family Game’, which reflects the fantastic family games that have been released this year, and ‘Best Gaming Community’ a nod to the increased role games have played in keeping us connected to our friends and fellow players in 2020.”

 

Voting opens today and closes on November 2nd 2020. For more information visit www.goldenjoysticks.com or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook.

The Full Shortlist:

Best Audio

Best Game Community

The Last of Us Part II

Fall Guys

Ghost of Tsushima

Minecraft

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Paradise Killer

Dreams

Call of Duty: Warzone

Sea of Thieves

Half-Life: Alyx

Warframe

Streets Of Rage 4

Fortnite

Resident Evil 3

Final Fantasy XIV

Best Family Game

Best Game Expansion

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Control: AWE

Fall Guys

No Man's Sky: Origins

Pokemon Sword & Shield

Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - The Warden and the Paunch

Minecraft Dungeons

Pokemon Sword & Shield - Expansion Pass

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.3 - Reflections in Crystal

Moving Out

The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon

Best Gaming Hardware

Best Indie Game

PC Engine Mini

Kentucky Route Zero

Oculus Quest 2

Factorio

Razer Kishi mobile pad for Xcloud

Spelunky 2

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Paradise Killer

TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

Creaks

Vulcan 120 Aimo Keyboard

Hades

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

Lair of the Clockwork God

Necrobarista

Best Multiplayer Game

Best Storytelling

Fall Guys

The Last of Us Part II

Call of Duty: Warzone

Ghost of Tsushima

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

Deep Rock Galactic

Necrobarista

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Paradise Killer

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

Hades

Moving Out

Signs of the Sojourner

Valorant

If Found...

Best Visual Design

eSports Game of the Year

Ghost of Tsushima

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Hades

League Of Legends

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Valorant

Spiritfarer

Fortnite

Microsoft Flight Simulator

NTT IndyCar Series iRacing

Half-Life: Alyx

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The Last of Us Part II

FIFA 20

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Mobile Game of the Year

Nintendo Game of the Year

Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Lego Builder's Journey

Pokemon Sword & Shield

Little Orpheus

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch

Next Stop Nowhere

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Roundguard

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Bird Alone

Super Mario Bros. 35

A Monster's Expedition

Ninjala

If Found...

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

PC Game of the Year

PlayStation Game of the Year

Paradise Killer

The Last of Us Part II

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Nioh 2

Hades

Ghost of Tsushima

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Crusader Kings III

Marvel's Iron Man VR

Valorant

Spelunky 2

Half-Life: Alyx

Dreams

Death Stranding

Fall Guys

Xbox Game of the Year

Still Playing

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Final Fantasy XIV

Deep Rock Galactic

Sea of Thieves

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Fortnite

Bleeding Edge

Apex Legends

Minecraft Dungeons

Pokemon Go

Wasteland 3

Grand Theft Auto Online

Yakuza 0

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Tell Me Why

Minecraft

Studio of the Year

Most Wanted

Mediatonic

Hitman 3

Naughty Dog

Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart

Respawn

Halo Infinite

Paradox Studios

Resident Evil 8: Village

Sucker Punch

Deathloop

Infinity Ward

Horizon: Forbidden West

Media Molecule

Kerbal Space Program 2

Supergiant Games

Elden Ring

Gotham Knights

God of War: Ragnarok

Starfield

The Medium

- Ends -

*Google Analytics: GamesRadar+ recorded its all-time audience record in April 2020, reaching 35.5 million global users. +92% year-to-date audience (Jan 1 - Aug 31, 2020 vs Jan 1 - Aug 31, 2019).

**The judging panel meets to shortlist the games in each of the public voted categories. The panel is made up of senior editors and journalists from brands such as PC Gamer, Edge Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, GamesRadar+, TechRadar, Tom’s Guide, T3 Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine and more. All categories feature 8 nominations with the exception of ‘Most Wanted’ Game and ‘Best Hardware’.

Contact:                                                                                                           

Helen Jones / Eva Field

T: +44 (0) 7789 226 939 / +44 (0) 7814 039 983

E: [email protected] or [email protected].

Press kit available here.

Notes to Editors

About The Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2020. The event features over 20 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the global gaming public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand. For more information visit goldenjoysticks.com or follow us on twitter.com/goldenjoysticks, facebook.com/goldenjoysticks/.

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