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Amidst all of the pomp and circumstance of this past week's Game Awards, it turns out the winner of one category was never officially named. Fans of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds were likely very disappointed by that fact.
The Game Awards has only been up and running for a few years now, so it's not surprising there are still kinks in need of ironing out. Sadly, missing an entire category during your live broadcast is a pretty big kink and, even if it went unnoticed by the audience, it was probably more than a little frustrating for the category's candidates.
Since the show aired, Polygon has confirmed that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds got skipped over for their award in the Best Multiplayer Game category. Looking back now, it definitely feels weird realizing that one of the biggest games of the year was a no-show in the awards lineup. According to the initial report, Geoff Keighley has since apologized for the oversight, making it known that PUBG did indeed take home the award.
That's no small feet, as the other games in that category included the likes of Destiny 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Fortnite and Call of Duty: WWII. Say what you will about some of those games, it's hard to argue that they don't offer a wide array of multiplayer gameplay. They're each impressive in their own way and, more importantly, a heck of a lot of fun to play with other people.
Since that's the only category PUBG won, it's kind of a bummer the developers didn't get a chance to say a few words on-stage. Heck, bare minimum, their win could have been announced alongside the reveal of the new desert map.
The Game Awards includes about 30 categories, which would take a long time to wade through if everyone who won was given the full announcement treatment. Still, we wouldn't have minded seeing at least a few more winners take the podium. It's an awards show, after all, and we feel like maybe the awards should at least be given the same amount of attention as the trailers and announcements. The fact that an entire category was skipped shows that the priorities aren't quite right here.
PUBG was nominated for two other categories this year including Best Ongoing Game and Game of the Year. The former went to Overwatch while the latter belonged to Breath of the Wild. Some were surprised to even see PUBG in the GOTY category, but we wouldn't have been too shocked to see it earn an upset in the category. It all depends on what the category criteria are. If you're asking which game had the biggest impact on the industry/community and will likely help guide development in the future, then PUBG was definitely the victor. And for those complaining that the game is still, in early access and shouldn't be considered, you have to pay $30 to play it and it's frequently the most-played game in the world, so we figure that's close enough to "launched."