Which games have captivated and thrilled you this year? You can now cast your vote in the Golden Joystick Awards, the award ceremony that honours the best videogames of 2019. Voting will open across seventeen different categories including Most Wanted Game, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC, Indie and Multiplayer Games of the Year, alongside new categories – Best Gaming Hardware and Best Game Expansion.

Leading the shortlist nominations this year is open-world mystery, Outer Wilds, with six nominations, followed by action-adventure hit Control, with four nominations. Other titles with multiple nominations include Metro Exodus, Observation, Days Gone, Tetris Effect, Sunless Skies, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, all of which have three nominations apiece.

Dan Dawkins, Content Director, Games, and Film at Future said:

“2019 has been an amazing year for innovative and experimental games, from the high-concept Outer Wilds to the dazzling level designs of Control, and the evolution of full-motion video storytelling with Erica and Telling Lies. Over 110 titles have made the shortlist this year, a phenomenal number, and a reflection of the depth and range we see in the industry today, as services like the recently launched Apple Arcade create new ways to discover quality games from diverse genres.”

The Awards feature two new categories this year – Best Game Expansion, which recognises the trend for popular long-running online games with major updates, and Best Gaming Hardware, which expands to include peripherals, PC components, and gaming phones.

Back for 2019 is a dedicated one-week voting window for Ultimate Game of the Year held at the end of the voting period. The voting for this category will not open until Friday 25th October and will close on Friday 1st November.

The critics choice award winners will be revealed on the night for Critics Choice Award, Breakthrough Award, Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution award to celebrate the games, people or technology that has changed our industry for the better in 2019.

Categories open to vote now in the Golden Joystick Awards:

  • Best Storytelling
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Audio
  • Best Indie Game
  • Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye
  • Best Game Expansion
  • Still Playing Award
  • Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair
  • Best VR / AR Game
  • Best Gaming Hardware
  • Studio of the Year
  • Mobile Game of the Year
  • Nintendo Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • PC Game of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • Most Wanted Game

Viewers can tune into the Golden Joystick Awards livestream on Friday 15th November when the awards will return to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top for a spectacular ceremony hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

See the full shortlist and cast your vote at goldenjoysticks.com, voting closes on Thursday 24th October. Every voter will receive a free ebook worth up to £9.99. Once your votes have been cast, you will receive instructions for claiming the free ebook via email. The available ebooks are – Complete Guide to Fortnite, The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft, Edge – The Annual, A Hideo Kojima Book, Retro Gamer Annual 2019, PC Gamer Annual 2019.

Dates to remember 

  • The public vote closes on Thursday 24th October.
  • Ultimate Game of the Year voting opens on Friday 25th October and closes on Friday 1st November.
  • The Awards take place on Friday 15th November at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, the event will also be livestreamed.

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