• Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

New York Game Awards 2022 Winners Announced: Psychonauts 2 Wins Game of the Year and Best World

11th Annual New York Game Awards honored best games, actors, journalists, and esports athletes of the year

NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2022)  Tonight the 2022 New York Game Awards virtually celebrated the best games, actors, esports athletes and journalists of the past year. With heartfelt messages about persevering throughout the pandemic from around the industry, including Phil Spencer, CEO at Microsoft Gaming, Stanley Pierre-Louis, CEO at Entertainment Software Association, and Tim Schafer, founder at Double Fine, the New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) recognized the accomplishments of the hard-working people that make the games industry so great. The event was held in front of a global audience via Twitch, YouTube and IGN. Now that the dust – and confetti – has settled, it’s time to announce the winners!

Winners for the 11th Annual New York Game Awards are:

  • Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year:

Psychonauts 2 

  • Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game:


  • Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game:
    Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Statue of Liberty Award for Best World:

Psychonauts 2

  • Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game:


  • Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game:
    Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu – Resident Evil VIllage
  • Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game:

Resident Evil 4 VR

  • Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game:
    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game:
    NieR Re[in]carnation
  • Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake:

Resident Evil 4 VR

  • Captain Award for Best Esports Team:

Natus Vincere a.k.a. Na’Vi (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

  • Joltin’ Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year: 

Genki “Gen” Kumisaka (Tekken 7 for Donuts USG)

  • Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism:
    Rebekah Valentine – Investigative reporting
  • Andrew Yoon Legend Award Recipient: 

Tim Schafer
The New York Video Game Critics Circle sends a heartfelt congratulations to all winners and nominees this year. The NYVGCC, a nonprofit promoting awareness of, and education for, video games, writing and journalism in the New York City area, hosts the annual award program to celebrate the industry and its creators from the past year, as well as the students that NYVGCC mentors, and the NYVGCC scholarship programs. 
As a virtual event, tickets to the NY Game Awards this year are free. Donations to support the NYVGCC’s work helping the local community can be made here (https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3378136). 
For more information on NYVGCC programs, as well as the New York Game Awards, please check out https://nygamecritics.com/ 

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