Steam Awards Winners for 2019 Announced

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The Winners of the third annual Steam Awards have been revealed by Valve over on the Steam blog

Each year Valve Corp. hosts a community vote on the best game of the year on the ubiquitous PC game store. In addition to choosing the game of the year, Steam users get to vote on a series of ever-evolving other categories. This year’s list of categories includes, Game of the Year, VR Game of the Year, Labor of Love, Better With Friends, Most Innovative Gameplay, Outstanding Story-Rich Game of the Year, Best Game You Suck At, and finally Outstanding Visual Style.

Most of this year’s categories are fairly self-explanatory with the exception of Labor of Love which is the Steam Awards category for what is sometimes called Live Games or Service Games. Games that weren’t released this year but never-the-less were still being played a lot this year because their developers were continuously adding content throughout the year.  

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Here are the winners if the Steam Awards as chosen by the community:

Game of the Year

VR Game of the Year

  • Beat Saber

Labor Of Love

Better With Friends

Most Innovative Gameplay

  • My Friend Pedro

Outstanding Story Rich Game of the Year

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence

Best Game You Suck At

  • Mortal Kombat 11

Outstanding Visual Style

And these were some of the games in contention that came close but didn’t quite make the cut: 

Game of the Year

  • Resident Evil 2
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Destiny 2

VR Game of the Year

  • Blade & Sorcery
  • Gorn
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s: Help Wanted

Labor of Love

  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2

Better With Friends

  • Risk of Rain 2
  • DOTA Underlords
  • Age of Empires 2
  • Ring of Elysium

Most Innovative Gameplay

  • Baba is You
  • Slay the Spire
  • Oxygen Not Included
  • Planet Zoo

Outstanding Story-Rich Game of the Year

  • Disco Elysium
  • Farcry New Dawn
  • Gears 5
  • GreedFall
  • Best Game You Suck At

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  • Code Vein
  • Hunt
  • Remnant From the Ashes

Outstanding Visual Style

  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Astroneer
  • Katana Zero
  • Subnautica: Below Zero

Baba is You got robbed in that Most Innovative Gameplay category if you ask me.

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Stephen Krusel, known as Sven Kroosl to some, has played video and tabletop games since 1987 and has written about the gaming industry since 2008. He has yet to be convinced that Final Fantasy Tactics is not the pinnacle of gaming.

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