Fortnite Player “Bugha” and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Win at The Game Awards 2019

The “Oscars for gaming” has once again celebrated a year in video games and esports and delivered some awesome new reveals.

Kyle “Bugha”Giersdorf, Fortnite’s $3 million World Cup Solo winner, took home Esports Player of the Year after his impressive performance in the competition. Other nominees included Faker, Perkz, S1mple and Sinatraa, but it was 16-year-old Bugha that was the hero of the hour. His words of thanks were:

“This is like the best way to end off my year, honestly. Thank you all to my fans, my family, my friends, my team Sentinels and most of all Epic Games for making any of this possible. I’m so glad to be a part of this community and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Bugha Win the Game Awards 2019

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Shadows Die Twice takes Game of The Year

In what may be a surprise for some, who thought Death Stranding or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be taking home the trophy, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice won the prestigious award.

The game, developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision, was launched in March 2019. It is directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki who has previously worked on Armoured Core, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne. The title is an action-adventure game set in a samurai themed world, and it received nominations in a number of categories.

FromSoftware and Sekiro celebrated on Twitter saying:

“Thank you to The Game Awards and our fans for their continued support.”

Microsoft unveils the Xbox Series X

Amidst the big reveals, probably the most talked about so far is Microsoft’s new Xbox, the Xbox Series X. Don’t get too excited yet though, gamers won’t be able to get their hands on the new console until late 2020.

Microsoft’s new gaming machine had so far been code named Project Scarlett. It will be the most powerful Xbox yet and will succeed the Xbox One X.

The console has a customer designed CPU, 8K support and a frame rate up to 120fps. It uses a solid-state drive which makes loading faster and gives the new console a performance aligned with that of a high-end gaming PC. It also has a wireless controller.

The PlayStation 5’s first game reveal was a feature too, it’s Godfall from Gearbox, “a third-person fantasy looter-slasher focused on melee combat” set in a brand-new universe.

Riot Games also announced the first games set to be launched under the Riot Forge brand – an initiative which sees Riot partner with independent studios to bring new games set in the League of Legends domain. The first two will be Ruined King and Convergence.

The Game Awards 2019

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Credit to CNet, here is the full list of nominees with the award winners in bold:

Game of the Year

  • Control
  • 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
  • Fortnite
  • 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
  • Control
  • 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
  • Control
  • 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
  • Wargroove

Content Creator of the Year

  • Jack “Courage” Dunlop
  • Benjamin “Dr. Lupo” Lupo
  • Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler
  • David “Grefg” Martínez
  • Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • 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
  • Fortnite
  • 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

  • Control
  • 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
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Esports Awards

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

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
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