The results of the 37th Golden Joysticks Awards have been revealed. The event wrapped up on Friday afternoon, with MCV/DEVELOP in attendance at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top (and, more importantly, at the after party).
The proceedings were streamed live on Twitch and YouTube, with 3.5 million public votes cast to decide the winner in 19 categories. Among the most notable winners were Dontnod’s Life is Strange winning for Outstanding Contribution, Shenmue director Yu Suzuki being awarded the Lifetime Achievement award, and the Ultimate Game of the Year award going to Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake.
Other notable winners include House House’s Untitled Goose Game winning the Breakthrough Award (with a gigantic goose accosting host Danny Wallace on stage) and CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 winning the Most Wanted Game award.
“What a fantastic night and what a year it has been,” said Daniel Dawkins, content director of games and film at GamesRadar. “The Golden Joystick Awards is now in its 37th year – the longest running video gaming awards ever – and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better. We are so honoured to have developers from all over the world with us tonight to collect their awards. But, the biggest thank you of all goes to the amazing gaming public who took the time to vote and watch the awards tonight. We are humbled by your support.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Storytelling: Days Gone
Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye: Apex Legends
Still Playing Award: Minecraft
Best Visual Design: Devil May Cry 5
Best Indie Game: Outer Wilds
Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair: Fortnite
Best Audio: Resident Evil 2
Best Game Expansion: GTA Online – Diamond Casino Update
Best VR / AR Game: Beat Saber
Best Gaming Hardware: Nvidia 20-series Super graphics cards
Best Performer: Logan Marshall-Green
Studio of the Year: Epic Games
Best New Streamer / Broadcaster: Ewok
Breakthrough Award: Untitled Goose Game, House House
Mobile Game of the Year: BTS World
Outstanding Contribution: Life is Strange
PC Game of the Year in partnership with Magic: The Gathering Arena: World of Warcraft Classic
PlayStation Game of the Year: Days Gone
Xbox Game of the Year: Gears 5
Nintendo Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Most Wanted Game: Cyberpunk 2077
Critics Choice Award: Control
Lifetime Achievement: Yu Suzuki
Ultimate Game of the Year: Resident Evil 2
The full ceremony can be seen here, complete with the pre-show hosted by Alix Wilton Regan, featuring an exclusive ‘Making of Arise: A Simple Story’ featurette, alongside a ‘Year in Review’ from SpecialGun Productions, featuring a number of guests from the industry. If you spot MCV/DEVELOP in the crowd, please let us know. I was looking fantastic in a suit, and demand video proof of that.