Steam Winter Sale Starts This Week; Steam Awards Nominees Revealed

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Valve has announced the finalists for its Steam Awards, with community voting set to begin on Thursday, December 20. You'll be able to cast your ballots in eight categories, and just in case you need to catch up with some of the nominees, it will come alongside the Steam Winter Sale.

The Game of the Year nominees are PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Monster Hunter World, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Hitman 2, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. A separate VR GOTY category includes Skyrim VR, VRChat, Beat Saber, Fallout 4 VR, and Superhot VR.

The other categories capture more esoteric aspects of games, like Best Environment, Better With Friends, and Best Alternate History. A special "Labor of Love" category celebrates older games that have continued to get attention from their respective studios. Best Developer is the single largest category, and Valve ultimately decided to expand the nominee list to 10 (up from five) to include many of the top nominees. Plus, Valve recused itself from the vote. You can check out the full list of nominees below.

Nominations for the Steam Awards opened last month. Voting will continue through January 3, 2019, and then the winners will be announced in February. Be sure to keep up with GameSpot's own Best of 2018 coverage as well.

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
  • SUPERHOT VR

Labor of Love:

  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • 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:

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

Best Alternate History:

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

Most Fun with a Machine:

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

Best Developer:

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

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