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After getting rebranded once again last year, it seems this name is good enough to get a second shot as The Game Awards 2015 is just around the corner. Producer Geoff Keighley is again hosting his night of world premiere trailers, musical performances, and of course awards to be handed out to the best of the year.

The Game Awards will be live streamed to almost any device you could possible own so there’s no excuse to miss out. Depending on how you watch, you can also get all kinds of bonus content or deals. If you watch on Go90, Verizon’s free mobile TV service, then you will be able to see exclusive content. If you watch on Xbox Live, Steam, or PlayStation Network, there will also be Game Award sales unlocked after the show. You can also watch the award show through YouTube, Twitch, and the official website.

Keighley released the following statement on The Game Awards as well as hinting at what steps are being taken to provide an even better show than last year.

2015 has been a blockbuster year for gaming, and now, with the help of go90, we are going to take The Game Awards to the next level. This year we plan to put fans at the center of the show – and give them special opportunities to interact with us by using their gaming consoles, mobile devices and computers.

For those of you who don’t remember 2014’s Game Awards, there were appearances from Conan O’Brien, Kiefer Sutherland, and Trey Parker as well as the reveals for The Legend of Zelda WiiU and Metal Gear Solid V: Online. This year some of what we can expect has already been confirmed by Keighley.

As with last year there are some categories for the awards that are voted on by a panel and some categories that are voted by you, the viewers. The Jury is made up of a panel of 30 people from international media.

These are the categories and games that are up for awards voted on by the panel of judges.

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

  • Bethesda Games Studios
  • CD Projekt Red
  • FromSoftware
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Independent Game

  • Axiom Verge
  • Her Story
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rocket League
  • Undertale

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Downwell
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Lara Croft Go
  • Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
  • Pac-Man 256

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tale from the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Impact

  • Cibele
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Sunset
  • Undertale
 Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront
 Best Action/Adventure

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
 Best Role Playing Game

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale
Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear XRD -Sign-
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder
 Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Skylanders: Superchargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker
 Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League
 Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon
 Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The following categories are Fan’s Choice, which means that you are able to vote for them. You can do this by going to the nominees page and selecting who you want to win.

Esport Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2
  • Hearthstone
  • League of Legends

Best Fan Creation

  • GTA V – Targets
  • Portal Stories: Mel
  • Real GTA
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher “Montecristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • Pewdiepie
  • TotalBiscuit

Esports Team of the Year

  • Evil Geniuses
  • FNATIC
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team Solomid

Esports Player of the Year

  • Kenny “Kennys” Schrub
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok
  • Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer
  • Peter “PPD” Dager
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1l”

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

What do you think of the selection of nominees? Are there any titles that you think are really lacking? Who would you put your vote towards?


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.