The Game Awards 2017 GOTY: Skip The Fluff

This past Thursday marked another tremendous return of The Game Awards 2017. Dubbed the Oscars of the gaming world, this international conference brings together the entire gaming community to reflect on the past year and all the amazing games released in 2017.

We watched the entire presentation so you didn’t have to and took all the most exciting announcements from The Game Awards and got right to the point. Those that want to watch it for themselves can find the full event at the bottom of this page. 

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Scroll down for the Game of The Year Winner!

Everyone had their eyes on The Game Awards 2017 to see which games will be recognized and those that ended up slipping through the cracks. Streamed live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in 4K Ultra HD format, it celebrates the best games, eSports and members of the gaming community. This is a global event which includes localized versions reaching Chinese, South Korean, Brazilian, Russian, Japanese and other broadcasts from nations around the world.

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2017 was an intense year for gamers everywhere. People were speculating what game would take home the coveted Game of The Year (GOTY) award. It was incredibly difficult to guess the winner with so many amazing games but the nominees included; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Be sure to check back on as the crew dissects the entire event throughout the month.

Below you will find the Game of The Year Winner and a few other highlights from this epic event.

Game Of The Year Winner | The Game Awards 2017!

Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

Nintendo rocked the nominees this year but Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild took home the title of Game of The Year 2017 winner. Well deserved, this is a Nintendo masterpiece and was a win for the legendary game company. This was an unbelievable year for the world of gaming and proves the future is bright for the gaming industry as a whole.

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The Game Awards 2017 Awards

Best Music

Nier Automata – Platinum Games

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow

Best Action Game

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – MachineGames

Best Art Direction

Cuphead – Studio MDHR  – Nominated for a total of 5 awards this year.

Best Debut Indie Game & Best Indie Game

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

Best Role-Playing Game 

Persona 5 – Atlus, P Studio

Best Strategy Game

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft

Most Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part 2 – Naughty Dog

Best Family Game 

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development

Game for Impact 

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Best eSports Team


Best eSports Player


Best Ongoing Game & Best eSports Game

Overwatch – Blizzard

Best Student Game

Level Squared

Best Performance

Melina Juergens – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Game Direction & Best Action Adventure Game

Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild – Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development


Industry Icon

Carol Shaw

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This inspiring individual was the first woman to get her name on a game box. It was an age where one person created an entire game, from graphics, user interface, and coding, she did it all. If you haven’t heard of this pioneer of gaming, please take the time to click this link to her wiki page and learn a little more about this spectacular individual.


World Premiere Highlights

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Accounting Plus – 2018

Co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland is bringing a brand new game to the world on December 19th. This whacky adventure holds true to the craziness that is Rick and Morty without being a Rick and Morty game. This VR experience is the first title from the new studio, Squanchtendo. Partnered with Tanya Watson, they teamed up the indie study Crows Crows Crows which takes a unique approach to the notoriously dull word of accounting.

In The Valley of The Gods – 2019

From the creators of Firewatch, this adventure game looks like it takes place in Egypt where the two heroines take on the impressive challenge of exploring the long-abandoned tombs.  Using technology that looks like it’s straight out of the early 19th century, ‘In The Valley of The Gods’ caught the attention of the world with their brief preview at this year’s award show.

Fade to Silence – 12/14/17 PC and “2018 all next-gen consoles”

Coming very soon, the developer showed off just exclusively in-game footage. This survival game looks as though it’s based in a post-apocalyptic world where the hero battles the elements to survive. This game snuck up on the community and seems like it’s sure to deliver unbelievable thrills.

Bayonetta 1 & 2 – Coming to Nintendo Switch – February 2018
Bayonetta 3 – Now In Development – Exclusively on Nintendo Switch

This critically acclaimed franchise is coming to the Nintendo Switch in its entirely. 1, 2, and 3 will all be available on Nintendo’s newest console. The president of Nintendo America showed up in person to announce the title and left fans feeling as though they once again poured their heart and soul into the newest addition to the Bayonetta universe.

Death Stranding  

Kojima Productions announces Death Stranding is back. With an extended trailer, it offered a little more background into the story behind Death Stranding. More detailed than their original trailer it was still extremely vague but looked incredibly interesting.


The creators of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Bulletstorm bring the world, ‘Witchfire’. With a short preview, there wasn’t much information offered but the action-packed trailer caught the Gigamax crew’s eye.

Dreams – 2018

This trippy trailer looked bright and colorful. The beautiful visuals and an exquisite soundtrack caught the world’s attention. Stay tuned for more information as details begin to emerge.

PUBG Desert Map – Miramar – Available Tonight

Available tonight on the test servers, the new desert map for PUBG the world has been waiting for has been officially announced. The head of PUBG Corp. made the announcement in person on The Game Awards stage.

Work Together or Die Together (GTFO) – 2017 (Maybe)

From the designer of Payday and Payday 2, a brand new first-person shooter developed by 10 Chambers has been announced to the world. Intense combat and relying heavily on teamwork along with puzzle-solving, GTFO being released by a brand new indie studio. From the looks of it, you would have never guessed an indie team of 10 put this game together.


Additional Highlights

Zelda: Breath of The Wild | The Champions’ Ballad – DLC Pack 2 | AVAILABLE NOW

Besides the grand opening and teaser of a new weapon and Link riding a motorcycle named “The Master Cycle Zero”, there wasn’t too much information offered but there’s a plus. Developers let the gaming community know that it is available now. This DLC looks spectacular and the Gigamax crew cannot wait to spend countless hours exploring all of the new content this DLC is sure to bring.

Soulcalibur VI

One question, do your souls still burn? The world welcomes back this classic fighter from Bandai Namco Entertainment and the crowd lost their minds when the news broke. New gaming platforms allowed the developers to bring an entirely new level of graphics and environmental detail that was never before seen in a Soulcalibur game. This is high on the must play list for the Gigamax crew.  

Fortnite 50v50 Mode

Available right now, this unique game mode is truly something unique. Pitting 50 players against another team of 50 will surely bring an incredible experience. Building, shooting and working as a gigantic team is an exciting prospect.

Flash Sale Celebration

In celebration of the award ceremony, The Game Awards 2017 is hosting a sale on Xbox Live, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, and Steam. This year they’re teaming up with eBay and offering exclusive deals on gaming hardware and gear. Also, there’s still time to enter The Game Awards 2017 ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY! [Hyperlink:]

Watch The Full Event

This years game award was actually much less awkward than expected. With hysterical jokes, mind-blowing music performances, and spectacular visuals, this is not an event to miss.

Watch This Craziness from The Game Awards 2017…

There was so much incredible content announced at The Game Awards 2017 that this article won’t be able to cover it all. Be sure to check back on as the crew breaks down the entire event throughout the rest of December as they break down the entire event and offer in-depth insights into all the major announcements. Follow Gigamax Games on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest content.