Battle Royale phenomenon Fortnite has won Ultimate Game of the Year at the 36th Golden Joystick Awards. The game was released in 2017 but, with 40 million players each month, continues to dominate the industry conversation.
The award was voted for by the public, with Fortnite beating critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 into second place. Rockstar’s Wild West epic was released at the end of October, narrowly missing out on nominations for many of the categories, but it did collect the Critic’s Choice award.
Norse adventure God of War was the biggest winner on the night, taking home best storytelling, audio, visual design, best PlayStation game and best studio for developer Sony Santa Monica.
There was also a lifetime achievement award for From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki, the revered mind behind the Dark Souls series and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
The 36th Golden Joystick Award winners
- Best Storytelling God of War
- Best Competitive Game Fortnite Battle Royale
- Best Cooperative Game Monster Hunter: World
- Best Visual Design God of War
- Best Indie Game Dead Cells
- Best Audio God of War
- Still Playing Award World of Tanks
- Best Performer Bryan Dechart (as Connor from Detroit: Become Human)
- Esports Game of the Year Overwatch
- Best VR Game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim VR
- Studio of the Year SIE Santa Monica Studio
- Best New Streamer / Broadcaster Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire
- Mobile Game of the Year PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile
- PC Game of the Year Subnautica
- PlayStation Game of the Year God of War
- Xbox Game of the Year Forza Horizon 4
- Nintendo Game of the Year Octopath Traveler
- Breakthrough Award Unknown Worlds
- Most Wanted Game Cyberpunk 2077
- Critics Choice Award Red Dead Redemption 2
- Lifetime Achievement Hidetaka Miyazaki (FromSoftware)
- Outstanding Contribution Xbox Adaptive Controller
- Ultimate Game of the Year Fortnite Battle Royale