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The Game Awards 2022 recap — all the big winners and reveals as they happened

The Game Awards 2022 honored some of the year’s best titles

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The Game Awards 2022 have just wrapped up, and Tom's Guide provided live coverage of the big event as it happened.

This show was in line with previous events. We saw a handful of awards sandwiched between numerous world premiere trailers and advertisements. And it wouldn't be The Game Awards without random celebrity appearances, such as Al Pacino and Michael Madson. The Last of Us HBO series also showed up for good measure.

As far as the winners are concerned, Elden Ring took home the crown for game of the year. God of War Ragnarök was the other big title of the night as it won numerous awards. Kratos voice actor Christopher Judge also took up the most time with his acceptance speech, but we don't need to talk about that much further.

In terms of exciting game reveals, we saw new trailers for Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty and Final Fantasy XVI. We also saw several new indie games get announced. Overall, we saw a diverse range of games people can look forward to in 2023 and beyond.

Below, you'll find our live posts from the event. You can also watch The Game Awards in case you missed it.


  • Games for Impact: As Dusk Falls
  • Best Esports Athlete: Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker
  • Best Esports Team: LOUD
  • Best Esports Coach: Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi
  • Best Esports Event: 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • Best Audio Design: God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Independent Game: Stray
  • Best Debut Indie Game: Stray
  • Best Performance: Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Action: Bayonetta 3
  • Best Art Direction: Elden Ring
  • Best Role Playing Game: Elden Ring
  • Best Score & Music: God of War Ragnarök
  • Content Creator of the Year: Ludwig
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Splatoon 3
  • Best Mobile Game: Marvel Snap
  • Best Narrative: God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Action/Adventure: God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Ongoing Game: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Best Community Support: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Innovation in Accessibility: God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Sports/Racing: Gran Turismo 7
  • Best Game Direction: Elden Ring
  • Best Esports Game: Valorant
  • Best Family Game: It Takes Two
  • Best Fighting Game: Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Game of the Year: Elden Ring

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Tom’s Guide covered The Game Awards 2021 around this time last year, and the show had its ups and downs. It was unbelievably long, and spent more time on advertisements than it did on actually distributing awards. On the other hand, we did see some cool game announcements, including Sonic Frontiers, Star Trek: Resurgence and Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade’s PC port. We have to assume that the show will follow the same basic format this year, so we’d recommend having a game at hand to keep you busy during all the ads.

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One game that fans are hoping to see tonight is Final Fantasy XVI. The next entry in the mainline Final Fantasy series is currently slated to debut in summer 2023, and will be exclusive to the PS5 for at least six months. We've seen a few isolated clips of the game's story and gameplay, but we've yet to see an extended preview of either element.

Naoki Yoshida, the game's producer, will make an appearance at The Game Awards tonight — and that's about all we know so far. We expect that Yoshida, whom fans affectionately call "Yoshi-P," will discuss FF16, but that's not a guarantee. After all, Yoshi-P is also the director of Final Fantasy XIV, the ongoing MMORPG. But we think that tonight is probably FF16's time to shine. Call it a hunch.