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Winners Announced at the 40th Golden Joystick Awards Presented by GamesRadar+

Elden Ring sweeps the board with 5 wins including:

  • Ultimate Game of the Year and the Critics’ Choice Award
  • Stray wins PlayStation Game of the Year
  • Grounded wins Xbox Game of the Year
  • Return to Monkey Island wins PC Game of the Year
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus wins Nintendo Game of the Year

November 22, 2022, London 21:30 GMT / New York 16:30 EST:

The winners were revealed tonight at the 40th Golden Joystick Awards presented by GamesRadar. Over three million public votes were cast in 18 categories, with three Critics’ Awards also given out. The show was hosted by Hollywood stars Laura Bailey and Troy Baker, known for working together as Joel and Abby in The Last of Us Part II, and also featured guest presenters such as Hazelight’s Josef Fares, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, actor Maggie Robertson, Remedy Entertainment’s Sam Lake, BBC Radio 3 Sound of Gaming presenter Louise Blain and screenwriter and author Gary Whitta.

The 2022 Golden Joystick Awards winners are:


Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games at GamesRadar+ said:

“Elden Ring steals the headlines with an amazing and utterly-deserved haul of five awards, including Best Studio for FromSoftware Inc. A feat made all the more remarkable when you consider the game’s uncompromising difficulty, high fantasy setting and deep mechanics; a gamer’s game straddling mainstream resonance.

“Elsewhere, there is an incredible spread of winners, with 16 games in total claiming Golden Joystick Awards, from one-person-dev-breakthroughs such as Vampire Survivors - the unofficial system-seller for Valve’s Steam Deck, winner of our Best Gaming Hardware trophy - and acclaimed indies such as Cult of the Lamb.

"The Golden Joystick Awards is proud to represent a wide variety of genres, creators and fans, with 2022’s new award categories Best Early Access Game and Best Game Trailer reflecting an industry in perpetual evolution. As the GJAs celebrate their 40th anniversary, we can’t wait to join the voting public in celebrating the unmapped future of interactive entertainment, as we have been proud to champion since 1983.”

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