Highlights of the Golden Joystick Awards 2019
Everyone in the gaming industry including players wait for a prestigious video game award ceremony, named the Golden Joystick Awards alias the People’s Gaming Awards. It’s the second oldest video game award function after the Arcade Awards. The ceremony initially focused on computer games were later extended to embrace console games because of the popularity of video game consoles like the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System.
These are publically voted awards, originally voted only by the British public, but now are open for anyone for online voting. Categories include best visual design, best storytelling, best indie game, best audio and a lot more.
This year’s Golden Joystick Awards was the 37th ceremony. It was held on 15th November 2019 in Bloomsbury Big Top, London, United Kingdom. The show was hosted by humorist and Assassin’s Creed star Danny Wallace. Here are some of the highlights of the event.
Lifetime Achievement Award to Yu Suzuki
Sega Legend, Yu Suzuki, is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Golden Joystick Awards. Yu Suzuki is an engineer, programmer, game designer and producer, and is particularly known for his role in overseeing Sega’s AM2 team for 18 years.
Some of the most popular games created by Sega AM2 are Outrun, Daytona USA and Virtua Fighter. They have also developed games like Soul Reverse, Fate/Grand Order Arcade and Border Break just recently.
Ultimate Game of the Year Award to Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 won the Ultimate Game of the Year Award. This is one of the biggest Golden Joystick awards. Resident Evil 2 is a re-imagining of a 20 year old classic survival horror game by Capcom.
Best Multiplayer Game to Apex Legends
Apex Legends developed by Respawn Entertainment won the Best Multiplayer Game Award, nine months after its initial release. The game released in early 2019 by the developers of Titanfall. The game had exceeded 1 million unique players just 8 hours after its release to the public and within 4 weeks, received 50 million players. This broke the earlier record held by Fortnite of 50 million players in 16 weeks.
Studio of the Year to Epic Games
Tim Sweeney’s Epic Games won the Studio of the Year Award beating out both Capcom and Nintendo. Sweeney and the team have made it two times on this list with Epic Games as the Best Studio of the Year.
The awards are in a way public’s tribute to the games which show how winning gamers’ heart can win you awards too.