The New York Game Awards 2021 Nominations Announced, Co-hosted by Reggie Fils-Aime

The full list of nominees for The New York Video Game Awards 2021 has been announced ahead of the ceremony airing later this month.

January 8, 2021

Though we’ve officially closed the book (for good) on 2020, there are still a few awards left to deliver for last year’s roster of incredible games. As one of the first award shows of the year, The New York Game Awards is returning in a few weeks to recognize gaming’s biggest achievements in 2020, with the full list of nominations now available.

The New York Videogame Critics Circle has officially announced the nominees for this year’s New York Game Awards, marking the 10th annual awards ceremony. Overall, six titles are competing for the ceremony’s top award for Best Game of the Year, with Animal Crossing: New HorizonsThe Last of Us Part IIFinal Fantasy VII RemakeDOOM EternalYakuza: Like a Dragon, and Hades as the GOTY nominees. This year’s ceremony also includes a new category for Best Esports Event, with League of Legends Worlds and Overwatch League among the nominees.

You can find the full list of nominees for The New York Game Awards 2021 below:

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Last of Us Part II
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
DOOM Eternal
Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Moving Out
Good Job!
Drake Hollow
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Astro’s Playroom

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

Little Orpheus
Good Sudoku
Genshin Impact
Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game

Half-Life: Alyx
Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
Paper Beast
Star Wars Squadrons

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The Longing: Patience
Fall Guys
Umurangi Generation

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
The Last of Us Part II
Teenage Blob
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Ghost of Tsushima

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

Ghost of Tsushima
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Umarangi Generation
Demon’s Souls
Cyberpunk 2077 (for PC)

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

The Last of Us Part II
If Found
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Cyberpunk 2077 (for PC)
Treachery in Beatdown City

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part II
Ashley Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us Part II
Briana White as Aerith in Final Fantasy VII: Remake
August Aiden as Tyler Ronan in Tell Me Why
Logan Cunningham as Lord Hades / Poseidon / Achilles / Charon / The Storyteller / Asterius in Hades
Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Resident Evil 3
Mr. Driller: DrillLand
Black Mesa
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Demon’s Souls

Captain Award for Best Esports Team

San Francisco Shock
Red Bull OG
Dallas Empire

Shea Stadium Award for Best Esports Event

Street Fighter League
Overwatch League
League of Legends Worlds
IEM Katowice
Mortal Kombat 11 Final Kombat

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s New York Game Awards will be held online and streamed through Twitch and YouTube on January 26, 2021 at 8pm ET (with a pre-show at 7:30pm ET). The ceremony will be hosted by NYVGCC founder Harold Goldberg and Reggie Fils-Aime, and will feature special guests and musical performances throughout the night.

Additionally, the ceremony will also recognize four honorees of the Andrew Yoon Legend Award, which has previously gone to Fils-Aime and others that have made major impacts within the games industry, such as Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, and Rockstar Games. The four recipients will be honored across three livestreams leading up to the full awards show later this month.

The New York Game Awards will take place on January 26, 2021 and will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube.

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