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Untitled Goose Game wins GOTY at the 2020 GDC Awards

Untitled Goose Game, Control, and Disco Elysium are the big winners at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards.

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Game Developers Choice Awards 2020

Untitled Goose Game, Control, and Disco Elysium are the big winners at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards.

House House’s Untitled Goose Game has won the coveted Game of the Year prize at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards. This year’s ceremony was cancelled, along with GDC, due to the spread of COVID-19. It was instead broadcast as a virtual event on Twitch, hosted by Stadia’s Kim Swift with a little assistance from her pet dog, Sundae.

Other big winners include Remedy Entertainment’s Control, which picked up the awards for Best Audio, Best Technology, and Best Visual Art.

Disco Elysium, the breakthrough RPG hit from ZA/UM, won the awards for Best Narrative and Best Debut. And Hempuli’s brain-bending Baba Is You picked up the Best Design and Innovation Award. What the Golf? deservedly won Best Mobile Game, and Vadar Immortal took home Best VR/AR Game.

The Ambassador Award was presented to Kate Edwards, and Roberta Williams was this year’s recipient of the Pioneer Award.

Here’s the full list of nominees and winners. You can watch the virtual ceremony on full on Twitch, just scrub to the 6.02:00 mark.

GDC Awards 2020 nominees and winners

Best Audio

  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment/505 Games)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Best Debut

  • ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
  • Mobius Digital (Outer Wilds)
  • William Chyr Studios (Manifold Garden)
  • Foam Sword Games (Knights and Bikes)
  • Chance Agency (Neo Cab)

Best Design

  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision Publishing, FromSoftware)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)

Innovation Award

  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive)

Best Mobile Game

  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna Interactive)
  • What the Golf? (Triband Productions/The Label Limited)
  • Grindstone (Capybara Games)
  • Sky: Children of the Light (thatgamecompany)
  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)

Best Narrative

  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive)

Best Technology

  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment/505 Games)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Noita (Nolla Games)

Best Visual Art

  • Control (Remedy Entertainment/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Vader Immortal (ILMxLAB/Disney)
  • Blood & Truth (SCEE Studio London/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Asgard’s Wrath (Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Boneworks (Stress Level Zero)
  • Pistol Whip (Cloudhead Games)

Game of the Year

  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment/505 Games)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

The Game Developers Choice Awards will return as a live event at the 2021 Game Developers Choice Awards.


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