The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

By Mark Delaney,
We're just weeks away from one of the biggest annual celebrations of video games, The Game Awards 2016. The show has taken some criticism in the past for putting the actual awards on the back burner in favor of reveals and teasers, but most of the critics saying such things would also admit that the presentation has come a long way in recent years. Producer Geoff Keighley puts more and more into the show with each year. Hopefully 2016's show can be a successful one for all involved. According to the below list of nominees, it certainly was for the people making the games — not to mention those who are fortunate to play them.


Of the nominees, PS4's Uncharted 4 leads the way with eight nominations in just six categories, quite a remarkable feat regardless of how much hardware the team at Naughty Dog walks away with come December 1st. Check out the extensive list below of all awards and nominees, then be sure to leave your predictions in the comments.

Game of the Year

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Best Game Direction

  • Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch)
  • EA DICE (Battlefield 1)
  • id Software (DOOM)
  • Naughty Dog (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)

Best Narrative

Best Art Direction

  • ABZÛ
  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best Music/Sound Design

Best Performance

  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
  • Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
  • Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Games For Change

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Block’hood
  • Orwell
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • That Dragon, Cancer

Best Independent Game

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Clash Royale
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Pokémon Go
  • Severed

Best Virtual Reality Game


Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 1
  • DOOM
  • Gears of War 4
  • Overwatch
  • Titanfall 2

Best Action/Adventure Game

Best RPG

Best Fighting Game

Best Strategy Game

Best Family Game

Best Sports/Racing Game

Best Multiplayer Game

Most Anticipated Game

Trending Gamer

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

Best Fan Creation

  • Project AM2R
  • Pokémon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order
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Best E-Sports 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.)

Best E-Sports Team

  • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
  • Wings Gaming (Dota 2)
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
  • Cloud 9

Best E-Sports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Street Fighter 5
You can watch The Game Awards 2016 live on several platforms on December 1st. Later in December we'll be kicking off our own annual Game of the Year awards, including the community and staff picks. Look out for those — but first, let's hear some predictions!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark has been gaming for over two decades and writing for the TrueGaming Network since 2011. He greatly prefers single-player to online modes, but is always taking challengers in Rocket League and Madden. Aside from games, he loves sci-fi, NFL football (go Titans), and biking. He'll be disappointed when The Last of Us 2 is announced.
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