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The Steam Awards Nominees Announced, Voting Starts December 22

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Eight categories plus four made up ones.

The finalists for the first-ever Steam Awards have been announced by Valve in a blog post. The nominees were voted on by Steam users last month during the autumn sale, and the company boasted over 15 million nominations were made.

The rules on voting were simple. Anyone with a Steam account could nominate any game sold in the Steam store for any of the eight categories. The game did not have to be released in 2016, or owned by the player to be voted for.


Users could write in their own ninth category, but Valve decided to extend it to 12 categories due to overwhelming response. One category will be voted upon each day starting Dec. 22 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET, but all four write-in categories will be voted on Dec. 30. The company says winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve.

Check out The Steam Awards categories and finalists below:

Dec. 22nd – The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 4
  • Portal 2

Dec. 23rd – The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Paladins
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Unturned

Dec. 24th – The “Test of Time” Award

  • Age of Empires II HD
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Terraria

Dec. 25th – The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Fallout 4
  • Terraria

Dec. 26th – The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • DOOM
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Dec. 27th – The “Game Within A Game Award” Award

  • Garry’s Mod
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Tabletop Simulator
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Dec. 28th – The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” Award

  • Life Is Strange
  • To the Moon
  • This War of Mine
  • Undertale
  • The Walking Dead

Dec. 29th – The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award

  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Blood and Bacon
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Goat Simulator
  • Stardew Valley

Dec. 30th – The “Boom Boom” Award

  • BroForce
  • DOOM
  • Just Cause 3
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kerbal Space Program

The “Love/Hate Relationship” Award

  • Dark Souls III
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Dota 2
  • Geometry Dash
  • Super Meat Boy

The “Sit Back and Relax” Award

  • ABZU
  • Cities Skylines
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Mini Metro
  • Viridi

The “Better With Friends” Award

  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Gang Beasts
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Magicka

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