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Nominees announced for The Gayming Awards 2021

We are excited to announce the nominees for the first Gayming Awards, to be held in February 2021. 

Founded to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry, The Gayming Awards aim to champion LGBTQ+ people through the creative medium of video gaming.

The show is presented by headline sponsor EA Games and will be exclusively broadcast worldwide on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/gaymingmag/, on February 24th 2021, 8pm UK (3pm ET/12pm PT).

Nominees for the majority of award categories were decided upon by a global panel of 25 LGBTQ+ judges. However, LGBTQ Streamer of the Year nominees were picked by the public, and Gayming Magazine Readers’ Award nominees were picked by the freelance writing staff of Gayming Magazine.

The public vote is now open for these two categories and people can vote at www.gaymingawards.com until January 8th!

Game of the Year – sponsored by EA Games

The Game of the Year Award celebrates the best game released in 2020, as chosen by our diverse panel of judges. 

  • Animal Crossing
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Hades
  • Tell Me Why
Gayming Magazine Readers Award – sponsored by PlayStation

This award celebrates Gayming Magazine readers’ favourite game of 2020. 

  • Animal Crossing
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Hades
  • If Found
  • Kentucky Route Zero Act V
  • Paradise Killer
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Last of Us Part II
Best LGBTQ Indie Game – sponsored by Xbox

Indie games allow more personal and diverse stories to be told, yet regularly are overlooked for awards. This award acknowledges the best indie game made by an independent developer which is focussed on telling an LGBTQ story, or heavily features an LGBTQ element. 

  • A Summer’s End
  • Ace in Space
  • Errant Kingdom
  • If Found
  • Ikenfell
  • Murder by Numbers
LGBTQ Streamer of the Year – sponsored by Twitch

Streaming is one of the great new entertainment frontiers and LGBTQ streamers play a huge part in bringing together communities of likeminded people. This award is for the most popular LGBTQ streamer, as chosen by the watching public.  

  • BiggusBennus
  • BiqtchPuddin
  • CypherOfTyr
  • Deere
  • Eevolicious
  • FoxQueen
  • IamBrandon
  • J0hnJ0hnn
  • LittleLegsTV
  • MermaidQueenJude
  • MeteorMatt
  • MiaByte
  • Psyche
  • QueerGod
Authentic Representation Award – sponsored by Green Man Gaming

Authentic representation of the LGBTQ experience is an important part of the modern entertainment world. This award recognises the best example of authentic LGBTQ representation in a game. 

  • Hades
  • Later Daters
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Last of Us Part II
Best LGBTQ Character – sponsored by Rocksteady Studios

The inclusion of LGBTQ characters in games is hugely important and can be a bold step for visibility. This award recognises the best LGBTQ character (playable or significant NPC) in a game. 

  • Andrea Rhodea – Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ellie – The Last of Us 2
  • Sir Hammerlock & Jacob Wainwright – Borderlands 3: Guns, Love & Tentacles
  • Tyler Ronan – Tell Me Why
Best LGBTQ Narrative – sponsored by Hangar 13

Telling an authentic LGBTQ story can be highly impactful and meaningful. This award recognises the best example of an important LGBTQ narrative in a game. 

  • Borderlands 3 – Guns, Love & Tentacles
  • If Found
  • Tell Me Why
  • The Last of Us Part II
Industry Diversity Award – sponsored by Square Enix

Greater diversity in the games industry makes for greater diversity in games. This award celebrates the organisation who has done a significant amount of work in promoting, developing and championing diversity in the global games industry. 

  • I Need Diverse Games
  • Rainbow Arcade
  • Rainbow Game Jam
  • Ukie: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards at gaymingawards.com

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