The Game Awards 2022: all the winners

The Game Awards 2022 - Stray

One of the most prestigious events on the video game industry’s calendar is here: The Game Awards. Voted on by over 100 global media outlets and influencers, the ceremony recognises the best games of the year across many different categories, including the highly coveted Game of the Year.

The Game Awards streams live on YouTube and Twitch, showcasing not only the best games of 2022 but also plenty of announcements and reveals for what to look forward to in 2023 and beyond.

We covered the nominees across the major categories when they were revealed last month. Juggernauts God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring racked up 10 and seven nominations respectively, with both games up for Game of the Year. Melbourne-made title Cult of the Lamb is up for Best Indie against some strong competition, with fellow indie Stray also nominated for Game of the Year.

Elden Ring won Game of the Year along with three other awards, while God of War Ragnarok won six to be the most-awarded game at this year’s show.

The Game Awards 2022: the winners

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Marvel Snapwinner
  • Apex Legends Mobile
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Genshin Impact
  • Tower of Fantasy

Best Fighting Game

  • Multiversuswinner
  • DNF Duel
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R
  • The King of Fighters XV
  • Sifu

Best Esports Game

  • Valorantwinner
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Rocket League

Best Family Game

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

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Landwinner
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Splatoon 3

Best Performance

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

  • Christopher Judge – God of War: Ragnarokwinner
  • Ashly Burch – Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Manon Gage – Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic – God of War: Ragnarok

Best Debut Indie Game

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

  • Straywinner
  • Neon White
  • Norco
  • Tunic
  • Vampire Survivors
Preview Product Price
Stray - PlayStation 5 Stray - PlayStation 5 $ 59.95Amazon Prime

Best Adaptation

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

  • Arcane: League of Legends – winner
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
  • The Cuphead Show!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Uncharted

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • God of War Ragnarokwinner
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality

Best Art Direction

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

  • Elden Ringwinner
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Scorn
  • Stray

Best AR / VR

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

  • Moss: Book IIwinner
  • After the Fall
  • Among Us VR
  • Bonelab
  • Red Matter 2

Best Sim/Strategy Game

  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hopewinner
  • Dune: Spice Wars
  • Total War: Warhammer III
  • Two Point Campus
  • Victoria 3

Games for Impact

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

  • As Dusk Fallswinner
  • A Memoir Blue
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever
  • Hindsight
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Best Sports/Racing Game

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

  • Gran Turismo 7winner
  • F1 22
  • FIFA 23
  • NBA 2K23
  • OlliOlli World

Best Multiplayer Game

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

  • Splatoon 3winner
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Multiversus
  • Overwatch 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Preview Product Price
Splatoon 3 - Nintendo Switch Splatoon 3 - Nintendo Switch $ 69.00Amazon Prime

Best Audio Design

Recognising the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • God of War Ragnarokwinner
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Elden Ring
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West

Best Action Game

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

  • Bayonetta 3 winner
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Preview Product Price
Bayonetta 3 - Nintendo Switch Bayonetta 3 - Nintendo Switch $ 59.00Amazon Prime

Best Score / Music

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

  • Bear McCreary – God of War: Ragnarokwinner
  • Olivier Deriviere – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh – Elden Ring
  • Two Feathers – Metal Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda – Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Innovation in Accessibility

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

  • God of War Ragnarokwinner
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • The Last of Us Part I
  • The Quarry

Best Role Playing Game

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

  • Elden Ringwinner
  • Live a Live
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  • Triangle Strategy
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Indie

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

  • Straywinner
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Tunic

Best Action/Adventure Game

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

  • God of War Ragnarokwinner
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Tunic

Best Ongoing Game

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

  • Final Fantasy 14 Onlinewinner
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Game Direction

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

  • Elden Ringwinner
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality
  • Stray

Game of the Year

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

  • Elden Ringwinner
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Game
Game of the Year winner
Bandai Namco Elden Ring - PlayStation 5
A Plague Tale: Requiem - PlayStation 5
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Nintendo Switch
Horizon Forbidden West - PlayStation 5
God of War: Ragnarok Standard Edition - PlayStation 5
Stray - PlayStation 5
Title
Bandai Namco Elden Ring - PlayStation 5
A Plague Tale: Requiem - PlayStation 5
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Nintendo Switch
Horizon Forbidden West - PlayStation 5
God of War: Ragnarok Standard Edition - PlayStation 5
Stray - PlayStation 5
Price
$ 74.00
Price not available
$ 77.95
$ 79.95
$ 99.00
$ 59.95
Game of the Year winner
Game
Bandai Namco Elden Ring - PlayStation 5
Title
Bandai Namco Elden Ring - PlayStation 5
Price
$ 74.00
Store link
Game
A Plague Tale: Requiem - PlayStation 5
Title
A Plague Tale: Requiem - PlayStation 5
Price
Price not available
Store link
Game
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Nintendo Switch
Title
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Nintendo Switch
Price
$ 77.95
Store link
Game
Horizon Forbidden West - PlayStation 5
Title
Horizon Forbidden West - PlayStation 5
Price
$ 79.95
Store link
Game
God of War: Ragnarok Standard Edition - PlayStation 5
Title
God of War: Ragnarok Standard Edition - PlayStation 5
Price
$ 99.00
Store link
Game
Stray - PlayStation 5
Title
Stray - PlayStation 5
Price
$ 59.95
Store link

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