The Game Awards 2023 will crown the Players’ Voice winner, with Baldur’s Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 as top contenders. The nominees also include Genshin Impact, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and Tears of the Kingdom, with voting entirely in the hands of fans. The event will not only honor games but also showcase trailers and announcements for upcoming titles, making it an exciting end to the year for gamers.

The Game Awards 2023 are set to cap off an incredible year of gaming on December 7, as the final five nominees for its Players’ Voice category have been revealed. Though many see Baldur’s Gate 3 as the favorite to repeat the success it had at the Golden Joystick Awards, many other games deserve a mention for making 2023 such a delight for video game enthusiasts across the globe.

The first half of the year saw titles such as Hogwarts Legacy, Jedi: Survivor, Final Fantasy 16, Resident Evil 4, and Tears of the Kingdom establish themselves as thrilling releases. The latter half was marked by the debut of Alan Wake 2, Lies of P, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, and, of course, Baldur’s Gate 3. Even by listing all the aforementioned titles, far too many still feel left out. While winners at The Game Awards are determined by a mixed vote between its jury and the public, the Players’ Voice is entirely decided by fan votes, split into three separate rounds.


The Game Awards 2023 Making a Couple of Big Changes

The Game Awards 2023 is making a couple of big changes that fans may be curious about, including one that pertains to its ‘world premieres.’

The games that made it to the final round of voting were announced by The Game Awards on Twitter, and players have a chance to pick their favorite title of 2023 by visiting the Players’ Voice category on the official website, logging in to their account, and casting their vote. Unsurprisingly, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty are two of the finalists, but Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Tears of the Kingdom, and even Genshin Impact survived until the final round as well. While Genshin Impact was not released in 2023, the impressive debut of Fontaine proved why this gacha game is still at the top of its genre.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Genshin Impact Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

In addition to seeing their favorite games snag a couple of awards, the show will also feature trailers, teasers, and announcements for upcoming titles. According to Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards will have a similar runtime compared to 2022 – almost three hours long – which certainly sounds promising considering how little is known about the major video game releases of 2024. Death Stranding 2, a Monster Hunter sequel, or a new trailer for Star Wars Outlaws are all strong possibilities.

The Game Awards 2023 will be a great way to cap off another prosperous year of gaming. However, the commercial success that publishers have enjoyed should be underscored by the massive layoffs that occurred across the gaming industry, as over six thousand developers have been laid off globally since January 2023. Hopefully, 2024 will restore job security in the video game industry, especially in the wake of all the wondrous titles that made 2023 so special.

 The finalists for the Players’ Voice category of The Game Awards 2023 have just been revealed, and fans can cast their votes for their favorite.  Read More