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2022 Steam Awards winners revealed, esports goes winless against tough competition


Valve revealed the 2022 Steam Awards winners and nary an esports game got a dub. Who were the nominees? Let’s look.

It seems only fair to start 2023 with Valve revealing the 2022 Steam Awards winners as voted on by the platform's community. Enjoy this last bit of awards season ephemera that started with The Game Awards and the Esports Awards. It ends without a single esports game taking home a Gaben Trophy.
The likes of Dota 2, Call of Duty, Multiversus, and FIFA were all up for awards. Let's look at how the esports contenders fared.

2022 Steam Awards nominees and winners

2022 Game of the Year

WINNER: Elden Ring
  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human
  • Stray
  • God of War
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

VR Game of the Year

  • Bonelab
  • Green Hell VR
  • Among Us VR
  • Inside the Backrooms

2022 Labor of Love

WINNER: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dota 2
  • Project Zomboid
  • No Man's Sky
  • Deep Rock Galactic

Better With Friends

  • Ready or Note
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Multiversus
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Outstanding Visual Style

WINNER: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Scorn
  • Bendy and the Dark Revival
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Most Innovative Gameplay

  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Teardown
  • Neon White
  • Dome Keeper

Best Game You Suck At

WINNER: Elden Ring
  • GTFO
  • Victoria 3
  • FIFA 23

Best Soundtrack

WINNER: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+

Outstanding Story-Rich Game

WINNER: God of War
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
  • Spider-Man Remastered

Sit Back and Relax

WINNER: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Power Wash Simulator
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Dorfromantik
  • Slime Rancher 2

Best Game on the Go

WINNER: Death Stranding Director's Cut
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Brotato
  • MARVEL Snap
Better luck next year, esports.
Stay tuned to esports for more awards and all things PC gaming.
Will Harrison
Will Harrison
Editor | Twitter @Hammer_Barn
Will has over a decade of print and digital journalism experience, with bylines in Polygon, The Escapist, The Toledo Blade, The Austin American-Statesman, and more. He's also the host of the World of Warcraft lore podcast Essence of Azeroth, loves Murlocs just a bit too much, and owns too many cats.