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The Golden Joystick Awards Celebrate '50 Years of Games'

Two new awards introduced for this year's digital awards


London, Wednesday, September 22: The awards return for a virtual celebration of games with the 39th Golden Joystick Awards this November. In addition to established voting categories such as ‘Best Storytelling’, ‘Best Studio’ and the coveted ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, two new awards will be introduced for this year only to celebrate ‘50 Years of Games’ – ‘Ultimate Game of All Time' and 'Best Gaming Hardware of All Time'. Full details of these special categories will be revealed in the coming weeks.

In early October players from around the world will be invited to vote for their all-time favourite game and hardware alongside the games, developers, publishers and personalities who have entertained them in 2021. The winners will be revealed during a digital awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 23.

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film explains more: “We’re inviting players to celebrate ‘50 Years of Games’ with us in a landmark moment for the gaming industry and the Golden Joystick Awards. The world’s first commercially available video game: Computer Space, released in November 1971. As the first coin-operated arcade machine, it represented the first time a videogame was ever played in exchange for money: the birth of videogames as a commercial industry.


The Golden Joystick Awards will celebrate this momentous milestone in gaming by uniting our iconic brands and experts with the gaming industry’s most beloved creators in a special show that will honour the industry's 50th anniversary.”

What happens next:

●   Shortlist and final list of categories announced in early October when voting opens

●   Winners revealed in a digital awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 23

For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook.

For partnership and sponsorship packages and more ways to get your brand involved with '50 Years of Games' please contact and


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About The Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2021. 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 Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow us on,


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