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Steam Awards 2021: Nominations & Winners

Steam Awards 2021: Winners and Nominations
Steam Awards 2021

The time has come when Steam releases its annual game awards show. This year’s awards winner was announced on 3 January 2022. How many categories were there? Which game was nominated? Did any of your favorite games make it to any of the lists? Find out more about award winners in this article.

Steam Awards are an annual awards event hosted and published on Valve’s Steam. These awards are directly voted by players or steam users across the world. This yearly award show started in 2016. The first Steam Awards received around 15 million nominations. The voting period begins in late December and, awards are announced either in December or very early January. The nomination and voting period in Steam Awards go side by side to Steam’s annual autumn and winter holiday sales. These sales are centered around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Steam Awards Winner

This year’s annual Steam Award nominees were announced on 22 December 2021. The voting started on the same day and ended on 3 January 2022, with the winners declared on the same day at 10 am PST. 

There were a total of 10 categories in the 2021 Steam Awards. They were:

  1. Game of the Year
  2. VR Game of the Year
  3. Labor Of Love
  4. Better With Friends
  5. Outstanding Visual Style
  6. Most Innovating Gameplay
  7. Best Game You Suck At
  8. Best Soundtrack
  9. Outstanding Story-Rich
  10. Sit Back And Relax 

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10. Sit Back And Relax 

This category presents the lists of games, which are soothing, relaxing and at the end of the day, they melt all your worries away. 

The nominees in this list were: 

  • Unpacking
  • Potion Craft
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Townscaper
  • Dorf Romantik
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Farming Simulator 22

The game that won in making players feel relaxed is Farming Simulator 22 by Giants Software.

9. Outstanding Story-Rich Game

The games in this list have presented the players with narrative-heavy stories, as good as some soap operas or prestige-TV screenplay.

The nominees in this list were:

  • Life is Strange True Colors
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Village
  • Days Gone
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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Cyberpunk 2077

The game, which truly presented the engaging and rich story in 2021, was Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red.

8. Best Soundtrack

We can not have a list with the soundtrack, not in the list. These games on the list blasted all the fans away with their best soundtracks. The Nominees in the list were:

  • Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy
  • Nier Replicant 
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
Steam Awards 2021: Winners and Nominations

Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy

The game with the best and OP soundtrack, which made the experience a lot more fun during its gameplay, is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy by Eidos Montréal.

7. Best Game You Suck At

As the title suggests, this list presents you with games that are not easy and requires patience, skill, and, most importantly, a steel determination to keep going. The nominees in this list were:

  • World War Aftermath
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition
  • Ages of Empire 4
  • Battlefield 2042
Steam Awards 2021: Winners and Nominations

Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition

The toughest game that players experienced and equally sucked at is Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition by Koei Tecmo Games CO., LTD.

6. Most Innovative Gameplay

Every year there are some games that bring with them unique gameplay. This creativeness requires the players to use 100 percent of their brain powers. These games are delighted, inspired, and entertained with newness which has never been played before. The nominees in this list were: 

  • Inscryption
  • Twelve Minutes
  • Moncage
  • Deathloop
  • Loop Hero
Steam Awards 2021: Winners and Nominations


While it will not surprise the fans anymore which game won, considering the game received a huge amount of promotion before its release. The game is none other than Deathloop by Arkane Studios.

5. Outstanding Visual Style

The games in this list have some of the best visual styles. They also present us with distinct styles that will not suit other games. The nominees in this list were:

  • Pyschonauts 2
  • Below Zero
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Forza Horizon 5
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Forza Horizon 5

The game that achieved that distinct and best visual style is Forza Horizon 5 by Playground Games.

4. Better With Friends

The games in this list have a total blast of an experience when played with friends. These games want you and your friends to look for each other during the fights, survival, etc. The Nominees in the list were:

  • Valheim
  • Back4Blood
  • Halo Infinite Multiplayer
  • It Takes Two
  • Crab Game
Steam Awards 2021: Winners and Nominations

It Takes Two

The game that fans enjoyed a lot with their friends is It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios.

3. Labor Of Love 

These games are out for a while. But the developers are not resting after releasing it. They have constantly updated these games and listened to their fans to make them more enjoyable. The developers are continually making these games new with new updates.

  • Dota 2
  • Terraria
  • Rust
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Apex Legends
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The game that won the fans in this list is Terraria by Re-Logic.

2. VR Game of the Year

These games in this list took the experience of Virtual Reality to a whole new level. They did not hold back and pushed the boundaries of Virtual Reality. The Nominees were:

  • Sniper Elite VR
  • Cooking Simulator VR
  • Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
  • I Expect You to Die 2
  • Blair Witch
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Cooking Simulator VR

The game that really pushed the boundaries of Virtual Realm to a whole new level, according to fans, was Cooking Simulator VR by GameBoom VR.

1. Game of the Year

And finally, we have arrived at the main course of this list. This list has games that have all of their elements above better. The gameplay was immersive, the story gripping, characters fully fleshed or, maybe other things. The Nominees were: 

  • Valheim
  • New World
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Forza Horizon 5
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Resident Evil Village

The game which won the fans with all the above-mentioned features won is Resident Evil Village by Capcom.

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