God of War Wins Game of the Year at 8th Annual New York Videogame Awards
Both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Tetris Effect take home multiple awards
New York City, January 23, 2019 – Hosted last night by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Videogame Critics Circle celebrated the best in gaming at the 8th Annual New York Videogame Awards at SVA Theatre in NYC. Over 400,000 viewers watched on Twitch. The organization bestowed its highest honor, the Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year, to God of War. Games that won two awards each include Red Dead Redemption 2 (receiving the Statue of Liberty Award for Best World and the Herman Melville Award for Best Writing), as well as Tetris Effect (winning the Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game and the Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game). Additionally, Knicks Gaming was awarded the Captain Award for Best Rookie Esports Team.
Full List of Winners: New York Videogame Awards
● Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year: God of War
● Andrew Yoon Legend Award: Jade Raymond, Assassin’s Creed franchise co-creator and founder of EA Motive and Ubisoft Toronto studios
● Statue of Liberty Award for Best World: Red Dead Redemption 2
● Herman Melville Award for Best Writing: Red Dead Redemption 2
● Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game: Tetris Effect
● Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game: Tetris Effect
● Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
● Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game: Nintendo Labo Variety Kit
● A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game: Florence
● Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game: Dead Cells
● Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake: Shadow of the Colossus
● Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game: Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War
● Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism: Cecilia D’Anastasio for her story in Kotaku: Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
● Captain Award for Best Rookie Esports Game: Knicks Gaming
When asked about the New York Game Awards in its 8th year, Critics Circle president and founder Harold Goldberg said, “We had a great night celebrating the best in video gaming with industry greats, influential media and a venue full of passionate gaming fans. Although 2019 was our biggest awards show yet, stay tuned later this year when we announce the 9th Annual New York Videogame Awards for 2020! And remember to give back to you those who are underserved in your community.”
Over 400,000 people watched the livestream of New York Videogame Awards last night; to watch now, click here.
What the New York Videogame Critics Circle earns from ticket sales goes directly back into the non- profit organization to help with mentoring, scholarships and workshops in New York City.
About the New York Videogame Critics Circle
Based in New York City, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the need for community in the oftentimes cut-throat world of journalism. This multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in
New York City. Members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle give back to their communities with programs like the DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx, NY, offering mentoring, internships, lectures, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underprivileged students. They also mentor seniors at O.A.T.S., Older Adult Technology Services, at their tech center in NYC.
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