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Voting for the Steam Awards 2018 will kick off at the same time as the Winter Sale

As expected, Steam’s 12th Annual Winter Sale will land tomorrow, December 20, bringing with it some of the best price reductions of 2018’s brightest and best games. Valve will also be opening up the ballot for its Steam Awards 2018, which now has a list comprised of the final nominees.

Valve continues its trend of selecting the categories, letting the community at large select from a narrowed shortlist of relevant games. Categories are perhaps the most straightforward they’ve ever been, with Valve ditching “Boom Boom,” “The World is Grim Enough Let’s Just All Get Along” and user-generated categories in favour of more generic groups found in other award programs. That doesn’t mean that the publisher has forgone personality, opting for “Most Fun with a Machine” instead.

Game of the Year Nominees Nominees for VR Game of the Year
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Beat Saber
HITMAN™ 2 Fallout 4 VR
Assassin's Creed Odyssey SUPERHOT VR
Nominees for Labor of Love Nominees for Best Environment
Dota 2 The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt
Grand Theft Auto V Subnautica
No Man's Sky Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Path of Exile Far Cry 5
Stardew Valley DARK SOULS™ III
Nominees for Better with Friends Nominees for Best Alternate History
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
PAYDAY 2 Hearts of Iron IV
Dead by Daylight Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
Overcooked! 2 Fallout 4
Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine Nominees for Best Developer
Euro Truck Simulator 2 CD PROJEKT RED
Rocket League Ubisoft
NieR:Automata Bethesda
Factorio Rockstar Games
Factorio Digital Extremes Ltd.
Square Enix
Paradox Interactive
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment

While Valve has enforced a limit of 5 entries per category, it has made some changes to ‘Best Developer’ due to it being a “highly-contested” title. The publisher has instead expanded the set of nominees to 10, excluding itself from eligibility. “We appreciate the love you’ve shown us, but we want to honor the other awesome developers on Steam, so we have excluded Valve from the final tally,” explains the publisher.

As usual, seasonal Steam Trading Cards will be available throughout the sale period, and voting will remain open until January 3, 2019. Winners are expected to be announced a little later than usual, coming to light in early February.

KitGuru Says: I think it's admirable that Valve would purposefully omit itself from its own awards. Fortunately, fans won't need a whole forum to figure out what “Most Fun With a Machine” pertains to with its nominees. Who do you think deserves Game of the Year?

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