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Xbox Game Studios Pips Eight Game Awards Noms

The official nominees for 2020’s Game Awards are now live, and though Microsoft had a pretty quiet year in terms of releases, it still managed to rack up eight nominations in total. Ori and the Will of the Wisps, by far, appears to be the company’s best chance at taking home some wins for Team Xbox.

Here are all the games nominated, along with the categories they’re nominated in.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Music and Score
  • Best Action/Adventure

Tell Me Why

  • Games for Impact


  • Innovation in Accessibility

Minecraft Dungeons

  • Best Family

Gears Tactics

  • Best Sim/Strategy

Flight Simulator

  • Best Sim/Strategy

It’s worth pointing out that Microsoft may or may not have some other titles in contention, depending on whether you count Microsoft actually publishing them or Microsoft simply owning the companies that made the games.

Doom Eternal is up for Game of the Year, and is also nominated in the “Best Score and Music,” Best Audio Design,” and “Best Action” categories. Microsoft is on its way to acquiring ZeniMax — the parent company of Bethesda — but that purchase has not yet wrapped up.

Wasteland 3 is also up an award in the Best Role Playing category. Though Microsoft has owned developer inXile for several years now, that title was actually published by Deep Silver.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to speed on how these games fared. The Game Awards, the video game industry’s annual year-end celebration, will return live on Thursday, December 10, 2020 as a free digital live stream available across more than 45 global video platforms.



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