Press Release

The 40th Golden Joystick Awards Presented by GamesRadar+ Return on Tuesday, November 22

Date fixed, show'll go on in November.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

New York / London 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST, October 3, 2022:

The Golden Joystick Awards presented by GamesRadar+, the world's longest-running, public-voted video games awards show, will return on November 22, 2022. The Golden Joystick Awards attract millions of votes every year, with players from all over the world deciding which games, developers, publishers and personalities deserve their votes this year.

Fans will be invited to vote in 18 categories including ‘Best Storytelling’, ‘Best Studio’, ‘Most Wanted’ and the coveted ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, with three additional ‘Critics Choice Awards’ being awarded on the night. Public voting will open here this Friday October 7.

The 40th Golden Joystick Awards will feature two new voting categories, ‘Best Early Access Launch’ and ‘Best Game Trailer’. The ‘Best Early Access Launch’ award reflects the growing number of games that invite the public to pre-release playtests as part of an evolving launch. ‘Best Game Trailer’ celebrates the most impactful and original trailers which play an ever more important role in the expanding landscape of digital games showcases.

The winners will be revealed on November 22, in an all-digital awards show broadcast across all major streaming platforms. As well as the awards the show will also feature new trailers and exclusive content from across the gaming world. To keep up to date with all the latest news on the Golden Joystick Awards 2022 follow us on Twitter and Facebook #GoldenJoystickAwards.

The categories are:

  • Studio of the Year
  • PC Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • Nintendo Game of the Year
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Still Playing
  • Best Audio
  • Best Storytelling
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Indie Game
  • Best Game Expansion
  • Best Game Community
  • Best Gaming Hardware
  • Best Early Access Launch
  • Best Game Trailer
  • Most Wanted
  • Ultimate Game of the Year (voting opens separately - for this award only - on November 7)


Helen Jones / Eva Field
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About The Golden Joystick Awards
The Golden Joystick Awards honor the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2022. The event features 21 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 one of the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brands. For more information visit or follow us on,

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