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The Game Awards 2023 as it happened: Winners and all gaming announcements

Here's all of the exciting news from this year's The Game Awards.

This year has been an absolute banger in terms of gaming and now we have the chance to celebrate that at The Game Awards 2023. As you can see from The Game Awards 2023 nominees, there's some stiff competition in various categories, especially with the most prestigious Game of the Year contenders, so it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. 

As usual, Geoff Keighley once more hosts the event live from Los Angeles, CA with the main show starting on Dec. 7, 2023 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. Award winners as well as several game announcements for Xbox, PC, PS5, and Nintendo Switch will be revealed. We at Windows Central are covering everything as it unfolds so you can get the latest information right here. 

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The Game Awards 2023 takes place on Dec. 7, 2023. A 30-minute pre-show starts at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET while the main event starts at 5pm PT/8pm ET. It is expected to run for about two and a half to three hours. 

The Game Awards 2023 nominees

Game of the Year

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Players' Voice

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Genshin Impact

Best Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Narrative

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Best Art Direction

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Lies of P
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Score and Music

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Audio Design

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Dead Space (2023)
  • Hi-Fi Rush 
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4 (2023)

Best Performance

  • Ben Starr as Clive Rosfield, Final Fantasy XVI
  • Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Idris Elba as Solomon Reed, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Melanie Liburd as Saga Anderson, Alan Wake 2
  • Neil Newbon as Astarion, Baldur's Gate 3
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Diablo 4
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Street Fighter 6

Games for Impact

  • A Space for the Unbound
  • Chants of Sennaar
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Tchia
  • Terra Nil
  • Venba

Best Ongoing

  • Apex Legends
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Community Support

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • No Man's Sky

Best Independent Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dredge
  • Sea of Stars
  • Viewfinder

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cocoon
  • Dredge
  • Pizza Tower
  • Venba
  • Viewfinder

Best Mobile Game

  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Monster Hunter Now
  • Terra Nil

Best VR/AR

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Humanity
  • Resident Evil Village VR Mode
  • Synapse

Best Action Game

  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
  • Dead Island 2
  • Ghostrunner 2
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Remnant 2

Best Action/Adventure

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4 (2023)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best RPG

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Lies of P
  • Sea of Stars
  • Starfield

Best Fighting

  • God of Rock
  • Mortal Kombat 1
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
  • Pocket Bravery
  • Street Fighter 6

Best Family

  • Disney Illusion Island
  • Party Animals 
  • Pikmin 4
  • Sonic Superstars
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp
  • Cities Skylines 2
  • Company of Heroes 3
  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Pikmin 4

Best Sports/Racing

  • EA Sports FC 24
  • F1 23
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Supercharged
  • The Crew Motorfest

Best Multiplayer

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Diablo 4
  • Party Animals
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Best Adaption

  • Castlevania: Nocturne
  • Gran Turismo
  • The Last of Us
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Twisted Metal

Most Anticipated Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Hades 2
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
  • Star Wars Outlaws
  • Tekken 8

Content Creator of the Year

  • IronMouse
  • PeopleMakeGames
  • Quackity
  • Spreen
  • SypherPK

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • DOTA 2
  • League of Legends
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Valorant

Best Esports Athlete

  • Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok
  • Mathieu "Zywoo" Herbaut
  • Max "Demon1" Mazanov
  • Paco "Hydra" Rusiewiez
  • Park "Ruler" Jay-Hyuk
  • Phillip "ImperialHal" Dosen

Best Esports Team

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Gaiman Gladiators
  • JD Gaming
  • Team Vitality

Best Esports Coach

  • Christine "Potter" Chi
  • Danny "Zonic" Sorensen
  • Jordan "Gunba" Graham
  • Remy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam
  • Yoon "Homme" Sung-Young

Best Esports Event

  • 2023 League of Legends World
  • Blast.TV Paris Major 2023
  • Evo 2023
  • The International Dota 2 Championships 2023
  • Valorant Champions 2023

Latest The Game Awards 2023 announcements


Hello folks! It's hard to believe we're already at the end of the year. I swear it was just January and then I blinked and here we are. That of course means that it's time to acknowledge the best games that have released in the last several months. Xbox exclusives — Starfield in particular — might have been snubbed a bit at this year's The Game Awards, but there are still plenty of nominees on PC and Xbox to root for. Of course, there's also the chance that we might get highly anticipated news on upcoming Xbox games or upcoming PC games.

The excitement is building and I personally cannot wait to see if we get new trailers or information surrounding Fable, Hellblade II, Avowed, and more. One thing's for sure, we at Windows Central will be here to revel in the latest news with live instant updates so tune in with us to get the latest information on The Game Awards 2023. — Rebecca Spear, Gaming Editor

Just what will we see tomorrow? 

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Hi everyone, Samuel Tolbert here with the Windows Central Gaming team. I'm curious about how this year's Game Awards will unfold. The last couple of years, we already knew about a lot of the announcements before they were shown, but that's not the case here. There's a couple of tidbits and teasers, sure, but we're mostly in the dark. One big thing at the top of my mind though? Getting a release date for Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox Series X|S, which we do know will be here. — Samuel Tolbert, gaming contributor

Welcome to our coverage of The Game Awards!

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon mechs in snow

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Hello, all, and welcome to Team Windows Central's live coverage of The Game Awards 2023! I'm Brendan Lowry, one of our gaming contributors that'll be bringing you coverage of the event as it happens, including every award presentation, world premiere, new game trailer, and more. As my colleague Samuel said, it's sure to be an interesting show — both because we don't know much about what will be there, and also because countless incredible games have launched this year.

My personal Game of the Year is Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, which I confidently gave a 5 out of 5 rating when I reviewed it back in August. It didn't get nominated for the official award, sadly (and let's be real, Baldur's Gate 3 totally deserves it), but I'm hoping it at least takes home Best Action Game. I'd also love to see another trailer for Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC (if you couldn't tell, I'm a bit of a diehard FromSoftware stan). No matter what, though, The Game Awards should be a good time! — Brendan Lowry, gaming contributor

Our own Jez Corden is generating some hype

Our own Mr Xbox, Jez Corden, apparently has some of his famous insider knowledge on what's coming at this year's The Game Awards. No spoilers (good man!) but if Jez is hyped, then that probably means the rest of us should be. — Richard Devine, Managing Editor

What to expect from The Game Awards 2023

Baldur's Gate 3

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Good morning everyone! We've made it to the big day, and at the time of writing, The Game Awards is now just 10 hours away. Ahead of the broadcast, I'd like to go over everything that we know we're going to see tonight, either due to direct confirmations or because of teasers and hints given ahead of the show.

The amount of details we have for the event this year are unusually sparse, though we still have information about a decent number of the incoming reveals and announcements. These include the following:

Beyond these, we're very much in the dark, though there's sure to be plenty more since this is a 2-3 hour long show. Personally, I'm hoping to see something from GSC Game World on the long-awaited STALKER 2, which has been delayed multiple times to Q1 2024 due to Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine. I'm a massive fan of that series, and am looking forward to seeing more of what GSC is cooking up. An announcement from 4A Games, another Ukrainian developer that created the popular Metro series, would also be very exciting. Oh, and as I wrote last night, show me more of the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, FromSoftware! — Brendan Lowry

Timothée Chalamet to present at TGA

Ahead of the show tonight, Geoff Keighley has announced that Timothée Chalamet will join Kratos voice actor Christopher Judge, Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella, and others as a presenter for The Game Awards.

Chalamet, star of the 2021 Dune film as well as its upcoming 2024 sequel and the Wonka movie that's scheduled to come to theaters on December 15, hasn't been shy about sharing his love of gaming before. Interestingly, he even visited Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions last month, with both Geoff Keighley and the official The Game Awards account replying to photos of the visit on X (formerly Twitter) with "eyes" and "monocle" emojis.

Could we see Kojima and Chalamet announce that he'll be playing a role in a new Kojima Productions game, much like Norman Reedus did in Death Stranding? Maybe he'll appear in Death Stranding 2, or Kojima's upcoming cloud-powered Xbox game? Only time will tell... — Brendan Lowry

More PlayStation games headed to PC?

Aloy's latest adventure. (Image credit: PlayStation Studios)

In 2022, Sony pulled up to the Game Awards to share details on the timing for some PlayStation 5 games being ported to PC, letting players know when to expect Returnal and The Last of Us Part 1 would be getting ports. It seems reasonable to expect Sony could attend the Game Awards 2023 in a similar fashion. We know that Horizon Forbidden West is headed to Windows PC, so why not drop a quick trailer with the release date? Maybe Sony could even share details on what other PlayStation games are headed to PC soon. — Samuel Tolbert

Gonzo the Muppet is ready for The Game Awards 2023

Various Muppets have made appearances at The Game Awards over the years and this time The Great Gonzo will be taking stage as a presenter. In fact, it seems the Muppet is already at The Game Awards as revealed by a tweet from Geoff Keighley. "Gonzo just entered the building," it reads. 

Whether or not Gonzo will be accompanied by any other Muppets is currently unknown but it wouldn't be surprising if Camilla the Chicken is part of his act. In the past, Muppet character appearances at The Game Awards have included Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, Pepé the King Prawn, The Swedish Chef, and Animal. 

These appearances have previously served a dual purpose of providing comedic entertainment as well as a means of announcing new gaming content or revealing the winner of a category. It's currently uncertain which award Gonzo will present, but we're looking forward to seeing what unfolds. — Rebecca Spear

Is Baldur's Gate 3's director about to go to TGA in a suit of armor?

Swen Vincke

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Baldur's Gate 3 is one of the biggest games appearing at this year's The Game Awards, with nominations for eight awards including the distinguished title of Game of the Year. And tonight, its director might walk on stage wearing a suit of full plate armor.

Swen Vincke, Baldur's Gate 3's Game Director and also Larian Studios' founder and CEO, is well-known for the gorgeous knightly armor he often wears in marketing materials and interviews. A few days ago, he took to X (formerly Twitter) to tease the idea of wearing it to The Game Awards, and eventually ended up proclaiming that he'd suit up if Larian's Lead Writer Adam Smith went in a bear costume. Smith, of course, was down with the idea.

Tragically, there's been a hiccup that threatens to ruin everything, as Larian's Director of Publishing Michael Douse said on X that the man transporting the armor to The Game Awards — a hero named "Nick" that we don't deserve — had his travel held up by a plane malfunction. However, "they gave Nick a brand new plane," so there's still hope.

"If all goes to plan," the armor will arrive in time, and Vincke will roll into The Game Awards with the drippiest outfit anyone's ever worn to the event (and he'll be accompanied by a suspiciously man-sized bear). As a huge nerd that fawns over medieval arms and armor, my fingers are definitely crossed. — Brendan Lowry

Life Is Strange, Jusant dev DON'T NOD teases an appearance

Screenshot of Jusant reveal trailer

(Image credit: DON'T NOD)

It looks like DON'T NOD, the studio behind narrative adventure games like Life Is Strange, Life Is Strange 2, Tell Me Why, and Twin Mirror, will be making an appearance at The Game Awards. In the hours leading up to the event, the developer posted a "videocassette" and "eyes" emoji while tagging The Game Awards. This post was then reposted by Geoff Keighley.

DON'T NOD — which also released the puzzle-filled climbing platformer Jusant at the end of October — is known for creating deep, story-rich games with attractive stylized visuals. We may see it reveal a new upcoming game tonight, though it's also possible it will have more to show of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. This third-person ghost hunting ARPG was announced at TGA 2022 and was originally slated to launch on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and Windows PC in November, but was delayed to February 2024 due to 2023's crowded end-of-year release schedule. — Brendan Lowry

This TGA 2023 nominee is 90% off on Xbox for a limited time

Dead Space remake screenshot Slasher in lighting

(Image credit: Electronic Arts)

For the survival horror crowd, one of the biggest game releases of 2023 was undoubtedly Dead Space (2023), also commonly referred to as the Dead Space remake. My colleague and fellow live blog writer Samuel Tolbert gave the remake a perfect 5/5 in his review, declaring that Motive Studios delivered "a love letter to the entire franchise" with its expanded narrative and incredibly impressive graphics, sound design, and musical score. The audio is so good, in fact, that the game's been nominated for Best Audio Design at The Game Awards 2023.

If you're interested in checking out what the hype's all about, you'll be happy to know that right now, you can snag the Digital Deluxe Edition of the Dead Space remake for just $7.99 on Xbox if you've got an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. That's a gargantuan 90% off the standard $79.99 price. Note that some of EA's other best games in years are on sale for the same discount, too, including Wild Hearts and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The latter is the prequel to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, another TGA 2023 nominee. — Brendan Lowry

Respawn Entertainment teasing something?

(Image credit: EA)

The official Twitter account for Respawn Entertainment chimed in with a reply to the Game Awards, saying "We'll be there." Does this mean the studio has an announcement, or will simply have many members watching the show? It's hard to say. On one hand, that feels surprising considering that the team just launched Star Wars Jedi: Survivor earlier this year. 

On the other hand, Respawn is a large team, and the studio is known to be working on two other Star Wars projects right now, including a first-person shooter and a strategy game that's being co-developed with Bit Reactor, a studio itself founded by veterans at Firaxis. Maybe it's time for us to see one of these other games? — Samuel Tolbert

So it's Baldur's Gate 3, right?

Baldur's Gate 3 party of fighters.

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

The Game Awards 2023 is now under an hour-and-a-half away, and as I sit here looking over the six nominees for Game of the Year, I can't help but feel that Baldur's Gate 3 absolutely has this one in the bag. 

Don't get me wrong — Alan Wake 2, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Resident Evil 4 (2023), Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom are all amazing games, and they all deserve their place in the GOTY running. But to me, Baldur's Gate 3 is just...on an entirely different level. Much like 2022's Game of the Year Elden Ring before it, Larian's D&D CRPG dominated game industry discussions for months after its launch in August, with players around the world completely stunned by both its colossal size and its rich depth.

Everything from the game's deep choice-driven, multilayered narrative and stellar character writing to the ocean of diverse and creative builds you can put together to take through hundreds of turn-based combat scenarios is phenomenal, and all of it is supported by gorgeous visuals and music that bring the Forgotten Realms to life as well as terrific acting performances for minor enemies, companions, and everyone between (by the way, Neil Newbon, the actor that plays Astarion, is nominated for Best Performance).

To call Baldur's Gate 3 a landmark title is an understatement, and I can't imagine a world in which this masterpiece doesn't go home with the gold tonight. Even in a gaming year as absolutely stacked as 2023 is, it stands out. — Brendan Lowry

You could win a Legion Go or Steam Deck OLED while watching The Game Awards 

Remember how last year there was a Steam Deck giveaway during The Game Awards? Well, things are even better this year since you have the chance to win one of 100 Steam Deck OLEDs or one of 100 Legion Go gaming handhelds — or maybe even both! You'll just have to sign up for the two sweepstakes!

🎮 Steam Deck OLED giveaway sign-up
🎮 Lenovo Legion Go giveaway sign-up

As explained by Geoff Keighley in a tweet, there is no purchase necessary. Entry is "open from 4:30pm PT – 8:00pm PT on 12/7/23.” But these giveaways are only available in the US and you must be 18 years old or older to participate. It's unclear exactly how the winners will be chosen, but more details are likely to be released after The Game Awards 2023 starts. 

BTW, I did our Legion Go review here at Windows Central and I walked away very impressed by this gaming handheld. If you're looking for something that can run Windows 11 out of the box and gives you access to a variety of gaming services then it's a great choice to go with. — Rebecca Spear 

Not much longer now!

The Game Awards 2023 is starting soon! The preshow is scheduled to kick off in about 15 minutes, while the main event should begin in around 45. Get a drink, grab a snack, and get comfy — I wish I went out and got some popcorn earlier myself, but at least I've got some soda to sip on.

Also, good news! Swen Vincke's armor made it to the Peacock Theater in time, so we're going to get to see Larian's CEO strutting around in full plate. Awesome. — Brendan Lowry

And we're off! Here's hoping tonight's show is an amazing one! — Brendan Lowry

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons remake announced for Feb. 28, 2024

A remake of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, an incredibly popular 2013 adventure game from director Josef Fares, has been announced. It's launching on February 28, 2024 on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and Windows PC through Steam, Epic Games, and GOG.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder takes home Best Family award

Super Mario Bros. Wonder has won the Best Family award, beating out Disney Illusion Island, Party Animals, Pikmin 4, and Sonic Superstars.

Usual June, a new action hack-and-slash game, is coming 2025

Usual June, a new action hack-and-slash game from developer Finji, has been announced. The title has very colorful and stylized visuals, and is slated to release in 2025. Its platforms, however, are unknown.

Forza Motorsport (2023) wins Innovation in Accessibility

Screenshot of Forza Motorsport (2023).

(Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Forza Motorsport has taken home the Innovation in Accessibility award, coming out on top over Diablo 4, Hi-Fi Rush, Mortal Kombat 1, Street Fighter 6, and Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

Harmonium: The Musical coming to Game Pass, Netflix Games

Harmonium: The Musical, a new title about its deaf protagonist's beautiful relationship with music, is coming to Xbox Game Pass and Netflix Games in the future.

Motion Twin's Windblown coming to Steam Early Access in 2024

Windblown, a new action game from Dead Cells developer Motion Twin, is coming to Steam Early Access in 2024. Like Dead Cells, the game has a very stylized and colorful visual direction.

Thrasher, a new Drool rhythm game, is coming in 2024

Thrasher, a new rhythm game from Drool, the developer behind the popular title Thumper, has been announced for 2024. Little else is known about it beyond that, though it looks incredibly interesting.

WHAT? World of Goo 2 announced for 2024, and I'm LOSING IT

Out of NOWHERE, a sequel to the original World of Goo puzzler from 2008, has been announced for 2024. I played this game to pieces when I was younger, so to see that a second game is coming next year has me extremely excited. — Brendan Lowry

Dave the Diver x Dredge collab announced for Dec. 15

A collab between Dave the Diver and Dredge is coming to Dave the Diver in a Dec. 15 update. Once it goes live, you'll be able to explore environments and enjoy content inspired by Dredge. Dave the Diver is available on Windows PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch, and was one of the biggest hits in 2023.

Neil Newbon, as Astarion, wins Best Performance

Astarion from Baldur's Gate 3

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Neil Newbon, the actor behind Baldur's Gate 3's Astarion, has won Best Performance at The Game Awards. The other nominees are Ben Starr as Clive Rosfield (Final Fantasy XVI), Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis (Star Wars Jedi: Survivor), Idris Elba as Solomon Reed (Cyberpunk 2077: P