Here are the nominees for The Steam Awards 2018

There's a mixed bag and a few surprises when it comes to the Game of the Year category, which is just one of many.

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Valve has announced the nominees for this year's Steam Awards, and voting will be open from December 20 to January 3, with the winners being revealed in February.

The categories include, among other things, Game of the Year, Labor of Love, Better with Friends, Most Fun with a Machine (where strangely enough Nier: Automata is nominated), and Best Developer, which was such a contested category Valve had to expand it to 10 nominees, and then subsequently removed themselves from the final tally, because they want this to be about other developers.

You can see the full list of categories and nominees below:

Nominees for Game of the Year



  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • HITMAN™ 2

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Nominees for VR Game of the Year

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

  • VRChat

  • Beat Saber

  • Fallout 4 VR


Nominees for Labor of Love

  • Dota 2

  • Grand Theft Auto V

  • No Man's Sky

  • Path of Exile

  • Stardew Valley

Nominees for Best Environment

  • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt

  • Subnautica

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • Far Cry 5


Nominees for Better with Friends

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege

  • PAYDAY 2

  • Dead by Daylight

  • Overcooked! 2

Nominees for Best Alternate History

  • Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus

  • Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

  • Hearts of Iron IV

  • Sid Meier's Civilization® VI

  • Fallout 4

Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2

  • Rocket League

  • NieR:Automata

  • Factorio

  • Space Engineers

Nominees for Best Developer


  • Ubisoft

  • Bethesda

  • Rockstar Games

  • Digital Extremes Ltd.

  • Square Enix

  • Capcom

  • Paradox Interactive

  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
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    Here are the nominees for The Steam Awards 2018

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