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The Game Awards 2023 Winners: BALDUR’S GATE 3 Takes Home the Grand Prize

The Game Awards 2023 are officially in the books. Following this year's ceremony on Thursday (Dec. 7), it was ultimately Baldur's Gate 3 that took home the top honors, including the 2023 Game of the Year.
The Game Awards 2023

The Game Awards 2023 are officially in the books. Following this year’s ceremony on Thursday (Dec. 7), it was ultimately Baldur’s Gate 3 that took home the top honors, including the 2023 Game of the Year. Meanwhile, Spidey fans were left disappointed as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, from Insomniac Games, left the show empty-handed, despite having seven nominations.

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This year’s event was held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, California. The event was streamed live across multiple digital platforms, including Facebook, TikTok, Twitch, X, and YouTube. Geoff Keighley once again served as host for this year’s ceremony.

BALDUR’S GATE 3 MANAGES MOST WINS AT THE GAME AWARDS

Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 won six of eight awards it was nominated for, including Game of the Year, Best Performance for actor Neil Newbon, Best Community Support, Best RPG, Best Multiplayer Game, and Players’ Voice, which is the category based 100% on fan voting for players’ favorite game of the year. Meanwhile, Remedy’s Alan Wake 2 came in second, winning three out of six awards, including Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Art Direction.

The Game Awards 2023 - Baldur's Gate 3

This year’s show featured a mix of celebrity guests revealing titles, such as Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey revealing Archetype Entertainment’s Exodus. Also, Hideo Kojima and Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele announced a new gaming collaboration called OD. There were also live musical performances of some of the nominated titles, along with an appearance by The Muppets’ Gonzo and Camilla. Here’s the full list of this year’s winners:

  • Game of the Year: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Game Direction: Alan Wake 2
  • Best Narrative: Alan Wake 2
  • Best Art Direction: Alan Wake 2
  • Best Score/Music: Final Fantasy XVI
  • Best Audio Design: Hi-Fi Rush
  • Best Performance: Baldur’s Gate 3 (Neil Newbon)
  • Games for Impact: Tchia
  • Best Ongoing Game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Best Indie Game: Sea of Stars
  • Best Debut Indie Game: Cocoon
  • Best Mobile Game: Honkai: Star Rail
  • Best Community Support: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil Village
  • Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Motorsport
  • Best Action Game: Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 
  • Best RPG: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter 6
  • Best Family Game: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motosport
  • Best SIM/Strategy Game: Pikmin 4
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Content Creator of the Year: IronMouse
  • Best eSports Athlete: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
  • Best eSports Coach: Christine “potter” Chi
  • Best eSports Event: 2023 League of Legends World Championship
  • Best eSports Game: Valorant
  • Best eSports Team: JD Gaming
  • Most Anticipated Game: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Best Adaptation: The Last of Us
  • Players’ Voice: Baldur’s Gate 3
Alan Wake 2

Other titles up for Game of the Year were Alan Wake 2, Resident Evil 4 (the remake), The Legend of Zelda, Tears of the Kingdom, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. All the nominees were worthy titles and great games. However, at the end of the day, there can be only one winner.

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Other interesting reveals at the ceremony include SEGA announcing a new IP initiative, featuring new editions of their classic library of franchises. Arkane Lyon announced that a new video game for Marvel’s Blade is in the works from Bethesda Softworks. A new installment of Square Enix’s Mana series, Visions of Mana, was also announced.

Marvel Blade - Bethesda Softworks (1)

What do you think of this year’s winners of The Game Awards? Do you think the right games won in all their respective categories? Did Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 get completely snubbed? Let us know your thoughts on this year’s winners for the 2023 TGAs on The Illuminerdi’s social media.

SOURCE: The Game Awards

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