Steam Awards 2018 Winners Announced, And Most Aren't From 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds takes top honors.

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The Steam Awards for 2018 have been announced, honoring games and developers as voted by the community. This year's awards spanned eight categories, from traditional ones like Game of the Year and VR Game of the Year to more unusual selections like Better With Friends.

Unlike many annual awards, though, these categories largely weren't restricted to games that released in calendar year 2018. Instead, ongoing games were eligible for accolades, and many of them received it. Only one of the winners was a game released last year: Assassin's Creed Odyssey for Best Alternate History.

Game of the Year was won by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the battle royale game that helped start the now popular trend. PUBG was first released into early access in Spring 2017, and then hit its full official release in December of the same year. It has remained popular, though, especially as evidenced by winning the Steam Awards.

VR Game of the Year was won by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. The Labor of Love award specifically honors games that have seen continued support, and was won by Grand Theft Auto 5. Best Developer was won by CD Projekt Red, based on the strength of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (which won Best Environment) and, presumably, anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077.

The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is still ongoing, offering discounts on several PC games and bonuses for your Steam profile. You can check out the full list of Steam Award nominees below, with winners bolded.

Game of the Year:

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Hitman 2
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

VR Game of the Year:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • VRChat
  • Beat Saber
  • Fallout 4 VR

Labor of Love:

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Dota 2
  • No Man's Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley

Best Environment:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • Dark Souls III

Better with Friends:

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Payday 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Overcooked! 2

Best Alternate History:

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Fallout 4

Most Fun with a Machine:

  • Rocket League
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • NieR: Automata
  • Factorio
  • Space Engineers

Best Developer:

  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Paradox Interactive
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Klei

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What strange results, are they based on sales?

Also, what does Labor of Love mean exactly?

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So PUBG got GotY to promote it vs Epic Games' Fortnite. I see.

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Not restricting it to games that came out in 2018 made the entire list pointless. I want to see what people thought were the best games of 2018, not the best games they are still playing. Though some of the winner's make me question people's choices. Elder scrolls VR beating out Beat Saber or Superhot VR for best VR game....really?

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The Witcher 3 still winning awards - probably because the PC platform was the only platform the game was worth playing.

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Looking at this list I can't tell who the winners are? Is it just me or has all the text on Gamespot been bold for awhile?

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@gamingdevil800: Just you buddy! I have runner-ups as regular and winners as bold.

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@edussz: Man it's a pain looking through the google chrome settings something must of happened to the font settings to make everything bold. I only seem to notice it on this website though...

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@gamingdevil800: haha, if its a case of you changing the settings in the browser, surely every site you go to is being displayed the same, that probably should have given it away.

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Think I’m going to open up my own videogame store. When customers come in it will just be full of text books on things unrelated to gaming.

Sure it will be a hit!