The 2018 Steam Awards Honored Only One Game Made in 2018

Well, that was a thing. The 2018 Steam Awards were announced earlier today, and they failed to do the one thing an awards show should do: honor the previous year’s games. As we’ve discussed earlier, every year the awards are voted on by the users of Steam, and usually, all they ever do is post a tiny logo on that game’s page to show they got the award. This year they made a whole presentation of it, which we originally assumed was done for ads but none were to be found in the whole 18-minute video (which you can watch below). Instead, we got some pre-recorded vignettes from the winners, some funny and some bland, but only one of the games (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey) was released in 2018.

In fact, if you take out the Developer Award at the bottom of the complete list below, less than 20% of the nominees are 2018 games. And while it’s nice to see CD Projekt Red win an award, the company only released two games in 2018 (neither of them nominated), and both were spinoffs of The Witcher 3, another game not released in 2018. We get what Steam was going for and also incorporating their audience for interaction, and we give them kudos for that. But as far as award shows go that are supposed to honor a specific year of gaming, they couldn’t have missed the mark any harder.

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

Labor of Love Award

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Dota 2
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley

Best Environment Award

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • Dark Souls III

Better with Friends Award

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

Best Alternate History Award

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

Most Fun with a Machine Award

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

Best Developer Award

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

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