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The Game Awards 2016 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2016. It was produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2016, and was live streamed across several platforms. At the event, Overwatch won Game of the Year, Blizzard Entertainment won Best Studio, and game designer Hideo Kojima was honored with the Industry Icon Award.

The Game Awards 2016
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2016 Logo used for The Game Awards
DateDecember 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)
VenueMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles, United States
CountryUnited States
Hosted byGeoff Keighley
Most awardsOverwatch (3)
Most nominationsUncharted 4: A Thief's End (8)
Game of the YearOverwatch
Best Studio/Game DirectionBlizzard Entertainment
Industry Icon AwardHideo Kojima
Website Edit this on Wikidata
Viewership3.8 million

Broadcast and viewershipEdit

The Game Awards broadcast was streamed on December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm PST across several video sharing sites, including YouTube and, as well as on the gaming services Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.[1] For the first time, the YouTube stream included options for virtual reality and 4K resolution.[2] Keighley and other event organizers worked with Tencent QQ to have the show livestreamed and translated for Chinese viewers using Tencent's QQ and WeChat clients, and to participate in the Fans Choice Awards; the two services combined had potential for more than 1.5 billion additional viewers. Keighley identified that with China's ban on video games having been lifted in 2015, it has become one of the fastest growing markets for video games, and obtained the Tencent deal was "really an experiment" to see how well the awards presentation would be taken there.[3]

Keighley served at the host of the live event from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event featured live performances by Run The Jewels[4] the Doom soundtrack by Mick Gordon,[5] and Rae Sremmurd.[6]

The event included new gameplay videos for several upcoming games. Prior to the event, Keighley stated that the show would have less reliance on computer generated (CGI) trailers and more on in-game footage, which was due to the effect of No Man's Sky's misleading marketing earlier in the year.[7] Among games shown during the broadcast included Mass Effect: Andromeda,[8] The Walking Dead: A New Frontier,[9] Prey,[10] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,[11] Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment,[12] Halo Wars 2,[13] Death Stranding,[14] Dauntless from Phoenix Labs,[15] a Bulletstorm remaster,[16] Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy,[17] LawBreakers,[18] Warframe,[19] Assassin's Creed: The VR Experience, and clips from the 2016 Assassin's Creed film.[20] Breath of the Wild was also featured in the pre-show.[21]

With the addition of streaming to Asian audiences, the broadcast saw a total viewership of about 3.8 million, an increase of 65% from the 2015 show.[22]

The show is also remembered for its marketing tie-in with Schick razor blades. Hydrobot, a buff, humanoid robot with a razor blade head, appeared throughout the show and posed with game developer Hideo Kojima to the chagrin of viewers. The stunt represented the degree to which the award show had become commercialized.[23]

Winners and nomineesEdit

The nominees for The Game Awards 2016 were announced on November 16, 2016.[24] Candidate games must have had a commercial release date on or before November 24, 2016, in order to be eligible.[24] On November 21, The Game Awards dropped fangames AM2R and Pokémon Uranium from their "Best Fan Creation" nominee list. During a stream before the event, Keighley elaborated more on the situation and explained that the fangames were not legally cleared by Nintendo, who owns the rights to the intellectual property of both games, to be included on the show.[25][26]

Most of the winners were announced during the awards ceremony on December 1, 2016[24] with the exception of the "Best Fan Creation" category.[27] Winners are shown first in bold.[28]

Jury-voted awardsEdit

Game of the Year Best Game Direction
Best Narrative Best Art Direction
Best Music/Sound Design Best Performance
Games for Impact Best Independent Game
Best Mobile/Handheld Game Best VR Game
Best Action Game Best Action/Adventure
Best Role Playing Game Best Fighting Game
Best Strategy Game Best Family Game
Best Sports/Racing Game Best Multiplayer

Fan's choice awardsEdit

Most Anticipated Game Trending Gamer
Best Fan Creation esports[29] Player of the Year
esports Team of the Year esports Game of the Year

Honorary awardsEdit

Industry Icon Award

Games with multiple nominations and awardsEdit



  1. ^ a b Nomination removed following a DMCA takedown notice by Nintendo


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