It may not be the Oscars but the annual The Game Awards has become one of the more prestigious and entertaining annual award shows in the gaming industry. The 2020 nominations have been released with The Last of Us Part 2 (10 nominations), Hades (8), Ghost of Tsuhsima (7), and Final Fantasy 7 Remake (6) leading the pack.

Sony had a particularly strong year, publishing nominated titles The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Dreams for a total of 22 nominations across all categories, the second most nominated publisher in history (Nintendo had 23 in 2017). The Last of Us Part 2 is responsible for nearly half of those nominations, appearing in Game of the Year, Game Direction, Narrative, Best Performance (twice), and more.

Your 2020 Game of the Year nominees:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Doom Eternal
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • The Last of Us Part II

Nominees for the 25+ categories are selected by a voting pool of media publications and influencers. The exception is the Most Anticipated Game category, where fans can vote via Twitter.

The Game Awards is normally held in front of a live audience (and streamed online) but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s show will be hosted entirely online. Geoff Keighley, the creator and producer of The Game Awards since 2014, returns as the host.

The Game Awards 2020 will stream live on Thursday, December 10.

“In 2020, video games have connected and comforted us more than ever, and that makes the 2020 edition of The Game Awards our most important show ever,” said Keighley. “Our team is working hard to deliver an innovative and thoughtful program that celebrates excellence, previews the future, and amplifies important voices that are shaping the future of this medium.”

Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.