The Winners of 2017's Steam Awards Have Been Announced

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The winners of Steam’s creative, end-of-year awards categories have been announced with familiar names like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rocket League taking home the awards.

While other awards segments might distribute awards such as “Best RPG” or “Best Independent Game,” Valve takes a different approach with the Steam Awards with categories like “Mom’s Spaghetti” and “Suspension of Disbelief.” Thankfully, each one of the categories comes with an explanation to help everyone know what each award is all about and make some sense of why the winners were chosen for each reward.

Below are each of the categories and nominees for the Steam Awards with the winners written in bold, and you can see the description of each award through the winners announcement:

The “Choices Matter” Award:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
  • Dishonored 2

The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award:

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Outlast 2
  • Resident Evil 7
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Alien: Isolation

The “Labor of Love” Award:

  • Team Fortress 2
  • Warframe
  • Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
  • Path of Exile
  • Crusader Kings 2

The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award:

  • Saints Row 4
  • Goat Simulator
  • South Park the Fractured But Whole
  • Rocket League
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

The “World is Grim Enough Lets Just All Get Along” Award:

  • Stardew Valley
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Slime Rancher
  • ABZU
  • To the Moon

The “No Apologies” Award:

  • Rust
  • Mount and Blade: Warband
  • HuniePop
  • Gothic 2: Gold Edition
  • The Witcher

The “Defies Description” Award:

  • Garry’s Mod
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Pony Island
  • Antichamber
  • Doki Doki Literature Club

The “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War” Award:

  • Just Cause 3
  • Total War Warhammer 2
  • Broforce
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla Steam Edition
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War

The “Haunts My Dreams” Award:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Factorio
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

The “Soul of Vitruvius” Award:

  • NieR: Automata
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • I Am Bread
  • Bayonetta

The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award:

  • Hotline Miami
  • Luna
  • Antichamber
  • CPU Invaders
  • The Evil Within 2

The “Best Soundtrack” Award:

  • NieR: Automata
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Undertale
  • Cuphead
  • Transistor

The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award:

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Cuphead
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • Hollow Knight
  • Sonic Mania