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Full list of nominees for The Game Awards 2018 – Gaming and Esports

Published: 13/Nov/2018 18:57 Updated: 7/Dec/2018 4:44

by Calum Patterson

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The Game Awards have officially unveiled all the nominees for the 2018 awards, ahead of the ceremony on December 6.

Covering 30 categories, with the winners picked by various industry experts, with the help of a fan vote, which is live now on TheGameAwards.com

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God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 tied for the most nominations, with eight nominations in total, and Marvel’s Spider-Man has been nominated for seven awards.

In addition to handing out the rewards, the ceremony, which will be streamed on Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, Steam TV, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Live, will also feature live performances and new game announcements and trailers.

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The Game Awards 2018 Nominees

*Winners will appear in bold in the list below*

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Best Ongoing Game

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  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

Fortnite nominated for Best Ongoing Game

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

Best Art Direction

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  • Return of Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

Red Dead Redemption 2 nominated for eight awards, tied with God of War.

Best Score/Music

  • God of War (Bear McCreary)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)
  • Ni No Kuni II (Joe Hisaishi)
  • Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)
  • Celeste (Lena Raine)

Best Audio Design

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  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch Studios / Activision)

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Independent Game

  • Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

Best Mobile Game

  • PUBG MOBILE (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Developer Digital)
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)

PUBG Mobile nominated for best mobile game.

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)
  • Moss (Polyarc Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)

Best Action Game

  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Mega Man 11 (Capcom)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Street Fighter V Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)
  • Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17)
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
  • Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • BATTLETECH (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive
  • Frostpunk (11 bit studios)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

Best Sport/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)
  • NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Sea of Thieves (Rare / Microsoft Studios)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)

Best Student Game

  • Dash Quasar (UC Santa Cruz)
  • JERA (Digipen Bilbao, Spain)
  • LIFF (ISART Digital, France)
  • Combat 2018 (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
  • RE: Charge (MIT)

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Florence (Mountains)
  • Moss (Polyarc Games)
  • The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)
  • Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)

Best Esports Game

  • CS:GO
  • Dota2
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

Best Esports Player

  • Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang (New York Excelsior)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao (Royal Never Give Up)
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean (Echo Fox)

Best Esports Team

  • Fnatic (LoL)
  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • Cloud9 (LoL)
  • London Spitfire (OWL)
  • OG (Dota2)

Best Esports Coach

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu (Cloud9)
  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Astralis)
  • Dylan Falco (Fnatic)
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi (Team Vitality)
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic (MiBR)
  • Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu (OG)

Best Esports Event

  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • The International 2018
  • EVO 2018

Best Esports Host

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner
  • Anders Blume
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez

Best Esports Moment

  • OG’s Massive Upset of LGD (Dota2 Finals)
  • KT vs IG Base Race (LoL Worlds)
  • C9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE (ELEAGUE)
  • G2 Beating RNG (LoL Worlds)
  • SonicFox Side Switch Against Go1 in DBZ (EVO)

Content Creator/Streamer of the Year

  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Willyrex
CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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