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Voting is Open in the Ultimate Game of the Year, Best Lead Performer and Best Supporting Performer in the 41st Golden Joystick Awards Powered by Intel

Public Voting Open for One Week Only

October 23, 2023

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Future | New York / London, October 23, 2023: The 41st Golden Joystick Awards Powered by Intel today announced the shortlist in three of their most coveted categories - Ultimate Game of the Year, Best Supporting Performer and Best Lead Performer. These three categories are open for voting now until 4pm PT / 7pm ET / 11pm GMT Monday, October 30.

The nominations are:

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Baldur's Gate 3

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2

  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

  • Alan Wake 2

  • Resident Evil 4

  • Cocoon

  • Starfield

  • Final Fantasy XVI

  • Diablo IV

  • Forza Motorsport

  • Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon

  • Assassin's Creed Mirage

  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

  • Street Fighter 6

  • Metroid Prime Remastered

  • Hi-Fi Rush

  • Lords of the Fallen

  • Dead Space

  • Sea of Stars

Best Lead Performer

  • Ben Starr - Clive Rosfield in Final Fantasy XVI

  • Yuri Lowenthal - Peter Parker in Marvel's Spider-Man 2

  • Cameron Monaghan - Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

  • Ilkka Villi and Matthew Porretta - Alan Wake in Alan Wake 2

  • Nadji Jeter - Miles Morales in Marvel's Spider-Man 2

  • Ellise Chappell - Kathy Johanson in Deliver Us Mars

  • Melanie Liburd - Saga Anderson in Alan Wake 2

Best Supporting Performer

  • Laura Bailey - Mary Jane in Marvel's Spider-Man 2

  • Neil Newbon - Astarion in Baldur's Gate 3

  • Cissy Jones - Andreja in Starfield

  • Amelia Tyler -  Narrator in Baldur's Gate 3

  • Ralph Ineson - Cidolfus Telamon in Final Fantasy XVI

  • Patricia Summersett - Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Idris Elba - Solomon Reed in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director - Games, Video and Digital Events commented:
“2023 is a remarkable year, not just for one or two stellar titles - although Baldur’s Gate 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom may yet lay historical claims to greatness - but for the sheer breadth of critically-acclaimed blockbusters, new IPs, indies, sequels and remakes. In the last 12 months, hundreds of high-scoring releases could lay legitimate claim to our Ultimate Game of the Year shortlist, which has made compiling our nominees a thrilling, but difficult task.
To that end, we’ve created our biggest ever UGOTY shortlist, where a large volume of exceptional games still miss out. With vigorous, innovative, several-hour indies like Cocoon alongside 100+ hour epics like Baldur’s Gate 3 or Starfield, it’s never been more difficult for our judging panel to discuss a game’s relative merits. And that’s without the complication of online titles being constantly patched and improved, while more major releases tread the line between game expansion and full-blown title, leading to difficult decisions.
The nuance extends to our Best Lead Performer and Best Supporting Performer categories. Alan Wake 2 sees three actors nominated, while picking a stand-out performance from the Baldur’s Gate 3 companion cast was… eventful. That’s the beauty of the Golden Joystick Awards. However much the judges contort themselves, the choice belongs to the voting public. We can’t wait to see what you choose as your Ultimate Game of the Year, in arguably one of the greatest years for high-scoring games of all time”.
Troy Baker will host the awards alongside guest presenters from the world of gaming including actors Manon Gage, Maggie Robertson and Neil Newbon; Elvira Björkman and Nicklas Hjertberg from Two Feathers and Gosia Mitręga, Executive Producer of the new Witcher saga at CD PROJEKT RED.
The winners will be revealed in a celebration of games in London and live-streamed globally on all major streaming platforms on Friday, November 10, 2023. Viewers can watch the awards live via YouTube, Twitch, Steam, Facebook and Twitter/X as well as GamesRadar, PCGamer and TechRadar Gaming.
For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2023 Powered by Intel or follow us on Twitter/X and Facebook. #GoldenJoystickAwards  
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About The Golden Joystick Awards
The Golden Joystick Awards Powered by Intel honor the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2023. 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 is now the world’s oldest publicly voted gaming awards brand. For more information visit goldenjoysticks.com or follow us on twitter.com/goldenjoysticks and facebook.com/goldenjoysticks.

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