During the 26th annual DICE Awards on Thursday night, Roll7’s OlliOlli World took home the award for 2023 Best Sports Game of the Year. It was just one of the multiple games with LGBTQ+ themes and characters that was nominated.
“We won Sports Game of the Year at the #DICEAwards,” Roll7 tweeted after the event. “Our comparatively small team poured every last bit of themselves into this game. This award is for everyone at Roll7 that worked in any way on OlliOlli World! ❤️🛹”
OlliOlli World allows players to be non-gendered through their pronoun usage and completely customizable clothing and skateboard options. Other titles featuring LGBTQ+ characters and/or themes that were nominated include 2022’s smash hit Elden Ring, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, Citizen Sleeper, and more.
The DICE Awards is an annual awards show put on by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences to celebrate the previous year’s best in gaming. Alongside OlliOlli World multiple other games from 2022 that feature LGBTQ+ characters and/or themes were nominated in various categories for the DICE Awards 2023.
All of the LGBTQ+ games nominated at the 2023 DICE Awards
- Gotham Knights – Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design,
- I Was a Teenage Exocolonist – Outstanding Achievement in Story,
- Elden Ring – Outstanding Achievement in Story, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Technical Achievement, Role-Playing Game of the Year (Winner), Outstanding Achievement in Game Design (Winner), Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction (Winner), Game of the Year (Winner)
- Citizen Sleeper – Role-Playing Game of the Year
- OlliOlli World – Sports Game of the Year (Winner)
- Marvel’s Midnight Suns – Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
- Dwarf Fortress – Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year (Winner)
- Marvel SNAP – Mobile Game of the Year (Winner), Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, Online Game of the Year
- FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker – Online Game of the Year (Winner)