The New York Video Game Awards 2020 Winners Revealed; The Outer Worlds Takes Game of the Year

The Outer Worlds, Disco Elysium, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and more took award wins at The New York Video Game Awards.

By Ryan Meitzler

January 22, 2020

While 2020 has been in full swing for a few weeks now, a few awards ceremonies and organizations honoring last year’s best and brightest games are still happening in the early part of the year. One of those is the New York Video Game Awards, which gathered together members of the games industry for its 9th annual ceremony.

Last night in Manhattan, the New York Video Game Awards for 2020 were held by the New York Video Game Critics Circle to honor the biggest gaming achievements of the past year, with awards recognizing various technical and artistic accomplishments from last year’s games.

At the end of the night, Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds came away with the Big Apple Award for Game of the Year, while other notable wins included Disco Elysium winning Best Indie Game and Sayonara Wild Hearts winning Best Mobile Game. In addition to the list of awards below, two special recognition awards were given including The Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism to Khee Hoon Chan, followed by the Andrew Yoon Legend Award to Reggie Fils-Aime for lifetime achievement and recognition for his work as the former president of Nintendo of America.

You can check out the full list of winners from The New York Video Game Awards 2020 below (with winners in bold):

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Telling Lies
  • Disco Elysium

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Tetris 99
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Adventure Academy
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Concrete Genie
  • The King’s Bird

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Immortal Rogue
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Grindstone
  • Rayman Mini
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • Pilgrims

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game

  • Nintendo Labo VR Kit
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • Minecraft Earth
  • Stormland
  • Trover Saves The Universe
  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted
  • Blood & Truth

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Ape Out
  • Sunless Skies
  • Heaven’s Vault
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Telling Lies
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Disco Elysium
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Untitled Goose Game

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Tropico 6
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Borderlands 3
  • Death Stranding
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Death Stranding
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Erica
  • Telling Lies
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Disco Elysium
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Death Stranding
  • Life is Strange 2

Joltin’ Joe Award: Best Esports Player of the Year

  • VK Loon
  • Doinb
  • Sinatraa
  • Bugha
  • Arslan Ash
  • MKLeo

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Faye Kingslee as Nico in Devil May Cry 5
  • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding
  • Margaret Qualley as Mama in Death Stranding
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse in Control
  • Debra Wilson as Cere in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman in Death Stranding
  • Alexandra Shipp as Ava in Telling Lies
  • Logan Marshall Green as David in Telling Lies

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Resident Evil 2
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Captain Award for Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (CSGO)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • FPX (League of Legends)
  • OG (Dota 2)
  • TSM (Apex Legends)
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Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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