The Game Awards 2021 has its first winner, with the Players’ Voice category going to Halo Infinite – even though it only came out yesterday.
It’s The Game Awards tonight, the video game industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, which is primarily voted on by members of the press, including us. However, there is also a public vote for the ‘Players’ Voice’ award and it’s been won by Halo Infinite.
There were three rounds of voting, with the final five contenders being Forza Horizon 5, Resident Evil Village, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, and Halo Infinite.
You can see the results below but Halo Infinite easily won, despite the fact that nobody voting will have had time to complete the story campaign.
Thanks to the weird way that Microsoft released the game the story campaign wasn’t available to download until 6pm on Wednesday, so Halo Infinite won the popular vote purely based on the multiplayer.
Halo Infinite is not eligible for any of the main awards because it was released after the cut-off date for nominations, and at the time they were organised the free multiplayer download had not been announced.
Including Halo Infinite in the Players’ Voice category is a controversial choice but the public vote does right a perceived wrong in that Forza Horizon 5 was included in the short list of best titles.
Many had complained that it and Returnal were not nominated in the Game Of The Year category, which instead consists of Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Resident Evil Village.
You can still have an influence on the winner though as you can vote on your favourite via The Game Awards website and social media, where 10% of the total vote is determined by public voting.
Thanks to the time difference The Game Awards does not start until 1am in the morning tonight, when you’ll get not only the winners in each category but also a slew of new game and trailer reveals – although the only confirmed one so far is Sonic Frontiers.
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