The 37th Golden Joystick Awards 2019 – Voting Open Now


 Which games have captivated and thrilled you this year? From 1pm today you can cast your vote in the Golden Joystick Awards, the award ceremony that honours the best videogames of 2019. Voting will open across seventeen different categories including Most Wanted Game, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC, Indie and Multiplayer Games of the Year, alongside new categories – Best Gaming Hardware and Best Game Expansion.

Leading the shortlist nominations this year is open-world mystery Outer Wilds, with six nominations, followed by action-adventure hit Control, with four nominations.

Other titles with multiple nominations include Metro Exodus, Observation, Days Gone, Tetris Effect, Sunless Skies and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, all of which have three nominations apiece.

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See the full shortlist and cast your vote at, voting closes on Thursday 24th October. Every voter will receive a free ebook worth up to £9.99*.

Dan Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at Future said:

“2019 has been an amazing year for innovative and experimental games, from the high-concept Outer Wilds, to the dazzling level designs of Control, and the evolution of full motion video storytelling with Erica and Telling Lies. Over 110 titles have made the shortlist this year, a phenomenal number, and a reflection of the depth and range we see in the industry today, as services like the recently launched Apple Arcade create new ways to discover quality games from diverse genres.”

The Awards feature two new categories this year – Best Game Expansion, which recognises the trend for popular long running online games with major updates, and Best Gaming Hardware, which expands to include peripherals, PC components and gaming phones.

Back for 2019 is a dedicated one-week voting window for Ultimate Game of the Year held at the end of the voting period. The voting for this category will not open until Friday 25th October and will close on Friday 1st November.

The critics choice award winners will be revealed on the night for Critics Choice Award, Breakthrough Award, Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution award to celebrate the games, people or technology that has changed our industry for the better in 2019.  

Categories open to vote now:

  • Best Storytelling    
  • Best Visual Design    
  • Best Audio    
  • Best Indie Game    
  • Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye
  • Best Game Expansion
  • Still Playing Award   
  • Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair   
  • Best VR / AR Game
  • Best Gaming Hardware
  • Studio of the Year    
  • Mobile Game of the Year    
  • Nintendo Game of the Year    
  • PlayStation Game of the Year    
  • PC Game of the Year    
  • Xbox Game of the Year    
  • Most Wanted Game

Viewers can tune into the Golden Joystick Awards livestream on Friday 15th November when the awards will return to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top for a spectacular ceremony hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

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*Once your votes have been cast, you will receive instructions for claiming the free ebook via email. The available ebooks are: Complete Guide to Fortnite, The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft, Edge – The Annual, A Hideo Kojima Book, Retro Gamer Annual 2019, PC Gamer Annual 2019.

Notes to Editors

Key dates to remember

  • The public vote closes on Thursday 24th October.
  • Ultimate Game of the Year voting opens on Friday 25th October and closes on Friday 1st November.
  • The Awards take place on Friday 15th November at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, the event will also be livestreamed.

About The Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2019. The event features over 20 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the global gaming public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand. For more information visit or follow us on

About Future PLC

Future plc is a global platform business for specialist media with diversified revenue streams. With a global digital network that has a reach of over 203m** monthly users and 52.5m social fans across the portfolio.  

The Media division is in high-growth with three complementary revenue streams: eCommerce, events and digital advertising. It operates in a number of sectors including technology, games, music, home interest, hobbies and B2B and its brands including TechRadar, PC Gamer, Tom’s Guide, Homebuilding & Renovating Show, GamesRadar+, The Photography Show, Top Ten Reviews, Live Science, Guitar World, MusicRadar, and Tom’s Hardware.

The Magazine division focuses on publishing specialist content, with over 80 publications and over 530 bookazines published per year, totalling global circulation of 1.2 million. The Magazine portfolio spans technology, games and entertainment, music, creative and photography, hobbies, home interest and B2B. Its titles include Classic Rock, Guitar Player, FourFourTwo, Homebuilding & Renovating, Digital Camera, Guitarist, How It Works, Total Film, What Hi-Fi? And Music Week.

*ComScore May 2019 **Sources – Google Analytics June 2019

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