Game Critics Awards

The Game Critics Awards are a set of annual awards held after the E3 video game conference since 1998. The awards are given to products displayed at E3 with the title Best of E3 of their category.

Game Critics Awards
Current: 23rd Annual Game Critics Awards
Awarded forBest in video games
VenueLos Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byElectronic Entertainment Expo
First awarded1998; 23 years ago (1998)


The nominees and winners of the awards are chosen by individual judges representing 35 (as of 2011) major North American media outlets.[1] The awards are given independently of the Expo's organizers.[2]

Current categoriesEdit

Note on "all systems" as platform: Because games shown at E3 may still be in development, the platforms for which the game is published might differ.

Best of ShowEdit

Best Original GameEdit

Best Console GameEdit

Best PC GameEdit

Best Handheld GameEdit

Best Peripheral/HardwareEdit

Best Action GameEdit

Best Action/Adventure GameEdit

Best Role Playing GameEdit

Best Racing GameEdit

Best Sports GameEdit

Best Fighting GameEdit

Best Strategy GameEdit

(Real-Time or Turn-Based)

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle/Family GameEdit

Best Online MultiplayerEdit

Best Independent GameEdit

Best VR/AR GameEdit

Best Ongoing GameEdit

  • 2019: Destiny 2 (for PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One)
  • 2018: Fortnite (for iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One)

Special Commendation for Graphics, Sound or InnovationEdit

Discontinued categoriesEdit

Best Downloadable GameEdit

Best Motion Simulation GameEdit

Best Simulation GameEdit

(Combat, Flight, Non-Combat)

Best PlatformerEdit

Most Promising New GameEdit

Best BoothEdit

Best PartyEdit


  1. ^ Tor Thorsen (22 June 2011). "E3 2011: BioShock Infinite, Uncharted 3 lead Game Critics Awards nominations". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Game Critics Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ 2002 winners