There are two things happening on Steam right now and that’s the Steam Autumn Sale running from November 26th, 2019 to December 3rd, 2019, which kicks off the start of the Steam Awards 2019. The sale includes games like Stardew Valley (10% off), which is perfect timing with the new 1.4 update. From now until the sale ends, you can nominate your game of choice that released in 2019 for each category listed below! The Labour of Love category can be your favorite game no matter when it was released.
The Game of the Year Award
Maybe it was its immersive gameplay, or its gripping story… its well-crafted characters, immaculate design, or addictive multiplayer. Whatever the reason, the winner of 2019’s Game of the Year Award is an instant classic.
The VR Game of the Year Award
When it comes to breaking new ground in games, there is no greater pace of advancement than in VR. If we had our way, all VR devs would get an award for building the future of immersive games and experiences unparalleled by any other medium. But since there’s only one trophy, it’s up to you, Steam Awards Selection Committee member, to crown just one as the best of 2019.
The Labor of Love Award
This game has been out for a while. The team is well past the first unveiling of their creative baby, but being the good parents they are, these devs continue to nurture and support their creation. This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years.
The Better With Friends Award
There are some games out there that just aren’t the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in their back. Either way, mirth is awaiting those who gather friends to play these games.
The Most Innovative Gameplay Award
This game is at the front lines of experimentation, pushing the boundaries of the medium with exciting, novel interactions and brain-breaking surprises. This game thinks outside the box, and pulls you out with it!
The Outstanding Story-Rich Game Award
Some days, only a narrative-heavy game will hit the spot, and this one packs a wallop. It’s as gripping as any soap opera, and as well-tuned as a prestige-TV screenplay. Bravissimo — for making us feel things!
The Best Game You Suck At Award
Games have a way of pushing us past any limits we thought we had. Like a montage sequence, we put in work, training our fingers to be quick and nimble, mastering timing and placement over weeks and weeks. At the end of the gauntlet, we’re rewarded with profound beauty and a deep sense of personal growth. Unless you hurled your monitor through a plate-glass window on the first day.
The Outstanding Visual Style Award
These devs are the Willy Wonka of eye candy. Visual style doesn’t aspire to real-world graphical fidelity (though a noble goal in itself)… it describes a distinctive look and feel that suffuses an entire game. This game displays visual cohesion and expression that not only fit the game’s world, but make our world look paltry by comparison.
All you have to do to nominate a game is to go to their Steam Store page and click on “Nominate this Game for an Award”. The voting period will happen sometime in December during the Steam Winter Sale. The winners of the awards will be announced on December 31st, 2019! By participating, you’ll also earn badges (and XP) for accomplishing the following tasks: Nominate at least 1 game, nominate a game in each category, play a game you’ve nominated, and review (or update your review) for a game you’ve nominated.