Awards! All The Winners From The 11th New York Game Awards!

New York Game Awards 2022 Winners Announced: Psychonauts 2 Wins Game of the Year and Best World

11th Annual New York Game Awards honored best games, actors, journalists, & esports athletes of the year

NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2022) Tonight the 2022 New York Game Awards virtually celebrated the best games, actors, esports athletes and journalists of the past year. With heartfelt messages about persevering throughout the pandemic from around the industry, including Phil Spencer, CEO at Microsoft Gaming, Stanley Pierre-Louis, CEO at Entertainment Software Association, and Tim Schafer, founder at Double Fine, the New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) recognized the accomplishments of the hard-working people that make the games industry so great. The event was held in front of a global audience via Twitch, YouTube and IGN. Now that the dust – and confetti – has settled, it’s time to announce the winners!

Winners for the 11th Annual New York Game Awards are:

  • Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year:

Psychonauts 2 

  • Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game:


  • Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game:
    Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Statue of Liberty Award for Best World:

Psychonauts 2

  • Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game:


  • Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game:
    Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu – Resident Evil VIllage
  • Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game:

Resident Evil 4 VR

  • Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game:
    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game:
    NieR Re[in]carnation
  • Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake:

Resident Evil 4 VR

  • Captain Award for Best Esports Team:

Natus Vincere a.k.a. Na’Vi (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

  • Joltin’ Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year: 

Genki “Gen” Kumisaka (Tekken 7 for Donuts USG)

  • Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism:
    Rebekah Valentine – Investigative reporting
  • Andrew Yoon Legend Award Recipient: 

Tim Schafer

The New York Video Game Critics Circle sends a heartfelt congratulations to all winners and nominees this year. The NYVGCC, a nonprofit promoting awareness of, and education for, video games, writing and journalism in the New York City area, hosts the annual award program to celebrate the industry and its creators from the past year, as well as the students that NYVGCC mentors, and the NYVGCC scholarship programs. 

As a virtual event, tickets to the NY Game Awards this year are free. Donations to support the NYVGCC’s work helping the local community can be made here ( 

For more information on NYVGCC programs, as well as the New York Game Awards, please check out 


About New York Videogame Critics Circle

Based in Manhattan, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit multicultural organization comprised of 40 of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the nation. Members of the NYVGCC give back to their communities by providing scholarships, mentoring and community outreach to NYC schools students. The New York Videogame Critics Circle sees great benefit in advocating for those who are less fortunate.

NYVGCC offers opportunity beyond just the technical side of gaming to the larger creative impact of gaming careers that involve STEAM (STEM education and the arts). This is done by providing local and nationwide scholarships, mentoring, paid internships and community outreach to underserved NYC schools students, through partnerships with organizations and companies such as Rockstar Games, the DOE (NYC Department of Education), DreamYard Project, and the Bronxwork network of homeless residences. The non-profit collective was recently recognized by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for their positive charitable impacts with city youth, and will be further recognized for their efforts during the virtual awards show. Read more about the NYVGCC’s work here.

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