The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leads the Game Awards 2015 nominations

Game Awards 2015

The succinctly-named Game Awards debuted around this time last year as a sort of resurrected Spike VGAs. Remember those? The new(er) show, produced again this year by Geoff Keighley, promises less hype and more game, with nominees selected by a jury of 32 members of "international media."

One of the things I like about the Game Awards as opposed to the VGAs is that it doesn't categorize games by platform, so you don't end up with situations like that of 2013, when BioShock Infinite was up for Game of the Year and best Xbox game, but was somehow omitted entirely from the PC category. Game Award categories are platform-agnostic: The Best RPG category, for instance, includes PC-exclusive, PS4-exclusive, and multiplatform games.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leads the way this year with seven nominations, followed by Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with, appropriately, five. Both games are in the running for the Game of the Year award, along with Bloodborne, Fallout 4, and Super Mario Maker. This year's show will also include three esports-specific categories, which will be chosen by fans: Esports game of the year, player of the year, and team of the year, whose nominees include Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, Optic Gaming, SK Telecom T1, and Team Solomid.

The Game Awards 2015 will take place on December 3, and will be streamed live on Twitch, YouTube, Steam, and other fine gaming sites. Our executive editor Tyler Wilde is part of the judging process.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.