PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been named Game of the Year at the 2018 Steam Awards.
The battle royale title, which actually gave the genre its jump start that lead to massive cultural phenomena like Fortnite and Apex Legends come to the fore, was voted in as 2018's best Steam game by fans, who were prompted to name their favorites across eight awards.
The results have all been compiled and were revealed during a ceremony aired by Stream.tv this weekend, and PUBG came out on top in the Game of the Year category.
"Maybe it was its immersive gameplay, or its gripping story... its well-crafted characters, immaculate design, or addictive multiplayer. Whatever the reason, the winner of 2018's Game of the Year Award is an instant classic," Steam announced.
The game is certainly deserving, having left the gaming universe in awe following its release. Unfortunately, Fortnite took over and even that is now being overshadowed by Respawn and EA's launching of Apex Legends, a BR based on the Titanfall series that amazingly garnered 10 million users in its first three days.
There’s no room for love on the battlegrounds. pic.twitter.com/HSxskdqZLc— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) February 10, 2019
Continue reading to find out which games snatched the top spots for all eight award categories.
Game of the Year
Monster Hunter: World
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
VR Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Fallout 4 VR
Labor of Love – the best game that continues to receive new content despite being out for a while
Grand Theft Auto V
No Man’s Sky
Path of Exile
CD Projekt Red
Best Environment – the game with the best scenery
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Far Cry 5
Dark Souls III
Better With Friends – the best multiplayer game
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Dead by Daylight
Best Alternate History – the game with the best tinkering on the history books
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Hearts of Iron IV
Most Fun With a Machine – the best game featuring machines
Euro Truck Simulator
While PUBG has walked away with the majority of the plaudits for the said category, the game will face a major challenge where competing with Fortnite and Apex Legends is concerned this year.
The Fix PUBG campaign, which ended in November, was a step in the right direction as the developers sought to address the most concerning problems and performance issues in the game. But it looks like it could be a very difficult 2019.