The Golden Joystick Awards are often called the ‘people’s awards’, which is why they hold such a special significance in the gaming calendar. As the show enters its 37th year, we’re consistently humbled by the millions of fans worldwide who vote to show their support for their favourite games.
HOW DO WE DECIDE WHICH GAMES TO INCLUDE?
Voting is keenly contested, with some of 2018’s key awards being decided by a handful of votes. However, the competition begins even earlier, when the Golden Joystick judging panel meets to compile our shortlist of nominees - and we need your help.
As hard as we strive to create a diverse list of categories and nominees which represent the best that gaming has to offer, we’re almost inevitably forced to omit some much-loved and popular titles. Perhaps you’ve sent us an email to ask why a certain game or developer hasn’t made the shortlist - and we’d like to make that process even more transparent.
HOW CAN YOU NOMINATE A GAME FOR CONSIDERATION?
How can you help? We’d love you to nominate the games, people and studios that you represent for this year’s categories - see full list below. The final shortlist will still be chosen by the Golden Joystick Awards judging panel, comprising of Future editors and our trusted network of journalists, and we want to make sure that as wide a pool of potential nominees is being considered as possible.
Simply nominate your choices in the drop-down form below, which will be added to our long list of potential nominations. We can’t guarantee that every nominated game will make the shortlist… but you can be assured that it will be considered and debated by our judging panel.
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION?
The game must have been released between November 5th 2018 (when voting closed last year) and November 1st 2019 (when 2019 voting closes).
Ongoing / online games which launched before this period are eligible for the ‘Still Playing’ and ‘Best Game Expansion’ categories
Games set for release after November 1st 2019 will be eligible for the ‘Most Wanted’ award
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS?
The deadline for nominations is 16th August 5PM and don’t hesitate to reach out via Madelene.Andersson@futurenet.com if you have any further questions about the nomination process. The final shortlist will be announced on 20th September, with the voting commencing that same evening.