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The Game Awards: Full results, trailers, premieres and all the biggest surprises

por Lottie Baumgardner (2019-12-24)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Chvrches opened the show.

Screenshot by CNET The Game Awards, the video game equivalent of the Oscars without all the "who's going to host this year?" drama, are over for another year and we have all the winners (and losers) right here. While the ceremony is first and foremost about celebrating the year in video games, it's also a vehicle for companies to reveal some of the projects and games they've been keeping under wraps in the Awards' hotly-anticipated "World Premieres." 

In 2019, those World Premieres were kind of bonkers. There was an entirely new Xbox console announced, on stage. It kind of blew everyone away. There was also trailer after trailer after trailer after trailer. Some of the highlights included a brand new Hellblade game that made my eyes water and Weird West, which looked stylish as all get up. At times, the Game Awards 2019 felt like one giant advert that kept getting interrupted by an awards ceremony. 

Oh, and Chvrches played -- that wasn't a world premiere -- but it was just really bloody good entertainment.

If you want to grab the results and run, then cradle your BB and slam down a Monster Energy drink, because we've got all the results, world premieres and trailers right here. If you want to lambaste me for my choice in video game greatness, keep it civil in our comments or go HAM on Twitter.

You'll find a list of the winners below and an extensive play-by-play further down the page. All the premiere trailers appear right down the bottom. Game on, gamers!

The Game Awards winners
Category winners are in bold. The Esports categories are toward the bottom. 

Game of the Year


Death Stranding 

Resident Evil 2 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Outer Worlds 
Best Community Support

Apex Legends

Destiny 2 

Final Fantasy XIV


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Best Score/Music   

Cadence of Hyrule 

Death Stranding 

Devil May Cry 5  

Kingdom Hearts III 

Sayonara Wild Hearts
Best Narrative

A Plague Tale: Innocence 


Death Stranding 

Disco Elysium 

The Outer Worlds 
Best Fighting Game

Dead or Alive 6 -- Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo

Jump Force -- Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco

Mortal Kombat 11 -- NetherRealm/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Samurai Shodown -- SNK Corporation/Athlon Games

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate -- Bandai Namco/Sora Ltd./Nintendo
Best Audio Design   

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


Death Stranding

Gears 5 

Resident Evil 2 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 
Best Strategy Game

Age of Wonders: Planetfall 

Anno 1800

Fire Emblem: Three Houses 

Total War: Three Kingdoms 

Tropico 6 

Content Creator of the Year

Jack "Courage" Dunlop

Benjamin "Dr. Lupo" Lupo

Soleil "Ewok" Wheeler

David "Grefg" Martínez

Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek 
Best Art Direction   


Death Stranding  


Sayonara Wild Hearts  

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 
Best Action Game

Apex Legends -- Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Astral Chain -- Platinum Games/Nintendo

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare -- Infinity Ward/Activision

Devil May Cry 5 -- Capcom

Gears 5 -- The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios

Metro Exodus -- 4A Games/Deep Silver
Games for Impact

Concrete Genie -- Pixelopus/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gris -- Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital

Kind Words -- Popcannibal

Life Is Strange 2 -- Dontnod/Square Enix

Sea of Solitude -- Jo-Mei Games/Electronic Arts
Best Family Game

Luigi's Mansion 3

Ring Fit Adventure 

Super Mario Maker 2 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 

Yoshi's Crafted World 
Best Sports/Racing Game

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled -- Beenox/Activision

Dirt Rally 2.0 -- Codemasters

eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 -- PES Productions/Konami

F1 2019 -- Codemasters

FIFA 20 -- EA Sports
Best Mobile Game

Call of Duty: Mobile -- TiMi Studios/Activision

Grindstone -- Capybara Games

Sayonara Wild Hearts -- Simogo/Annapurna Interactive

Sky: Children of Light -- Thatgamecompany

What the Golf? -- Tribland
Best Multiplayer Game

Apex Legends -- Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Borderlands 3 -- Gearbox/2K Games

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare -- Infinity Ward/Activision

Tetris 99 -- Arika/Nintendo

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 -- Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft 
Best Ongoing Game

Apex Legends 

Destiny 2 

Final Fantasy XIV 


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Best VR/AR Game

Asgard's Wrath -- Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios

Blood & Truth -- SIE London Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Beat Saber -- Beat Games

No Man's Sky -- Hello Games

Trover Saves the Universe -- Squanch Games
Best Performance

Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb -- The Outer Worlds

Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden -- Control

Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz -- Gears 5

Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff -- Death Stranding

Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling -- Control

Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges -- Death Stranding
Player's Voice 

Death Stranding 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 
Fresh Indie Game 

ZA/UM for Disco Elysium

Nomada Studio for Gris

DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro

Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds

MegaCrit for Slay the Spire

House House for Untitled Goose Game
Best Role Playing Game

Disco Elysium -- ZA/UM

Final Fantasy XIV -- Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts III -- Square Enix

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne -- Capcom

The Outer Worlds -- Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division
Best Independent Game

Baba Is You -- Hempuli

Disco Elysium -- ZA/UM

Katana Zero -- Askiisoft/Devolver Digital

Outer Wilds -- Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

Untitled Goose Game -- House House/Panic 
Best Game Direction


Death Stranding 

Resident Evil 2

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Outer Wilds 
Best Action/Adventure Game

Borderlands 3 -- Gearbox/2K Games

Control -- Remedy Entertainment/505 Games

Death Stranding -- Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Resident Evil 2 -- Capcom

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening -- Grezzo/Nintendo

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice -- FromSoftware/Activision
Esports Awards
Best Esports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Dota 2 


League of Legends 

Best Esports Coach

Eric "adreN" Hoag (Team Liquid, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Nu-ri "Cain" Jang (Team Liquid, League of Legends)

Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann (G2 Esports, League of Legends)

Kim "Kkoma" Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)

Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz (OG, Dota 2)

Danny "Zonic" Sørensen (Astralis, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Event

2019 League of Legends World Championship

2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

EVO 2019

Fortnite World Cup

IEM Katowice 2019

The International 2019 
Best Esports Host

Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez

Alex "Machine" Richardson

Duan "Candice" Yu-Shuang

Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

Paul "Redeye" Chaloner 
Best Esports Team

Astralis (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

G2 Esports (League of Legends)

OG (Dota 2)

San Francisco Shock (Overwatch League) 

Team Liquid (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best Esports Player

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf 

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok

Luka "Perkz" Perkovic 

Oleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev 

Jay "Sinatraa" Won 
The Game Awards highlights and reactions
The ceremony begins with Lauren Mayberry and Chvrches absolutely killing it singing "Death Stranding". She's sporting some Mads Mikkelsen-black-ink under her eyes and the string section is just going BANG. Anyway, Chvrches are the best. I can actually just stop watching after this.

This song is good.

— Mark Serrels (@Serrels) December 13, 2019 Yes, boss. It is good. 

Our first award is for Best Narrative and is presented by Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of HBO's Westworld. He makes a couple of jokes that land pretty well and knocks the Sonic movie. Absolutely wonderful. Disco Elysium beats out Death Stranding. That's a really good game with some impressive writing -- it even got a 10/10 on GameSpot.

holy shit @studioZAUM congrats for Disco Elysium winning the best Narrative Award at the #TheGameAwards

— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) December 13, 2019 Our first Reggie sighting warms hearts.

There's Reggie!! ❤️ #TheGameAwards

— Zelda Universe (@ZeldaUniverse) December 13, 2019 HOLY MOLY NEW XBOX!!!!!
A new trailer, featuring "The Dream of Life Coach Houston" by Alan Watts, appears and we have the full story here: It's a new Xbox Console: The Xbox Series X. Which we are already going to shorten to XSX right here, aren't we? Phil Spencer comes out to detail it. 

New Xbox Series X revealed #TheGameAwards

— Nibel (@Nibellion) December 13, 2019 There's not a whole lot of details but Phil Spencer, head of Xbox comes out to reveal a project early in development and it's from the Ninja Theory team -- the guys behind Hellblade. It's actually a Hellblade sequel, known as Senua's Saga. The team at Ninja Theory are doing some amazing things and this in-engine trailer looks unreal. CNET recently spoke to Ninja Theory about an ambitious project using video games to battle mental health.

The Senua's Saga trailer is absolutely unreal. That was so, so impressive. The scenery!

— jackson ryan