The Steam Awards

Dec 21 - Jan 4
The Winners

The votes have been counted.

The community has spoken.

These are the winners of the second ever Steam Awards!

“Choices Matter”
And the winner is...

Games are about agency, and this award is for the game that has it in spades. Maybe it’s because there are 31 ways you can breach into a villains lair. Perhaps there are dozens of potential partners for you to build a romantic future with. Or maybe you find yourself constantly saying “Where oh where should I plant those turnips”? In all three scenarios there is a common bond: the choice was always yours.

“Mom’s Spaghetti”
And the winner is...

There are games that make you excited. There are games that make you happy. Then there are games so intense that they elicit a physical reaction. We’re talking weak knees. We’re talking sweaty palms. We’re talking fear-induced accidents. We’re talking your friends reminding you to breathe. We’re talking about mom’s spaghetti.

“Labor of Love”
And the winner is...

This game has been out for a while. The team is well past the first unveiling of their creative baby, but being the good parents they are, these devs continue to nurture and support their creation. This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years.

“Suspension of Disbelief”
And the winner is...

Let’s be honest: games can have some pretty ridiculous elements in them… from the stories that drive the action, to the items required to conquer obstacles, to even the protagonists themselves. This award is for the game that has a key component, which when described out of context, seems totally insane, but while playing the game doesn’t even make you bat an eye, because in the moment it makes total sense.

“The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along”
And the winner is...

Games delight and entertain us, giving us much needed breaks from the sorrows and low points of our lives… and let’s be honest, for a lot of people it’s been a rough 2017. That is why the SASC has chosen to celebrate a game that doesn’t involve combat or conflict.

“No Apologies”
And the winner is...

This award is for the game that you love unconditionally. Does it have some faults? Maybe. Do other people not understand your love for it? Sure. But make no mistake. There is no guilt here. Only pleasure.

“Defies Description”
And the winner is...

This game is like... well actually it's more similar to...picture a combination of... ya know what, I can't describe it, just play it.

“Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War”
And the winner is...

The Bard said it best. This game doesn't necessarily offer the biggest explosions... it offers something better. Potential. Potential to be a rampaging force of nature. Or not. Who knows. You're an agent of chaos and no one is going to tell you what to do.

“Haunts My Dreams”
And the winner is...

This award is slightly a misnomer, because this game doesn’t just haunt your dreams. It consumes your thoughts every waking moment of the day. This game doesn’t demand your time. You give it willingly.

“Soul Of Vitruvius”
And the winner is...

The Vitruvian Man was Leonardo’s celebration of the ideal form. And in that spirit the SASC looks to celebrate the game with the most lovingly rendered character… be it human, alien, anthropomorphic cat people, or even a piece of produce.

“Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0”
And the winner is...

The Academy wasn't clear enough in the awards description last year. Let's try this again. This award is for the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” of video games.

“Best Soundtrack”
And the winner is...

There are very few things that can enhance a game better than music. The right song can set the tone for every aspect of gameplay, from simple exploration, to climactic boss fights. This award is for the soundtrack that captured the essence of their game so perfectly that it effortlessly immersed players into the game world.

“Even Better Than I Expected”
And the winner is...

We’ve all been there. You get super excited for a game, you pre-order it, and you anxiously wait as it downloads. Then you finally play it. How do you feel now? If the answer is “Elated beyond words because even I, a conductor aboard the hype train, was blown away with how good this thing was” then you have found the perfect candidate for this award.

Frequently Asked Questions

Voting FAQ

Do I get anything for voting?
Players with Steam Level 8 and above will get a Steam Awards Trading Card for each day that you vote in the Steam Awards. If you reach Steam Level 8 before the end of the sale, you’ll be granted the cards you earned by voting.
How long is each category available for voting?
Voting for each category is open for 24 hours, starting and ending at 10am Pacific Standard Time. A different award category is available for voting on each day.
When will the winners be announced?
All of the winners will be announced Jan 3 @ 10:00am.
What do the winning games get?
Eternal fame as winner of the second ever Steam Awards!

Trading Card FAQ

What can I do with a Steam Award Trading Card?
If you collect the full set of Steam Award Trading Cards, you can craft the cards into a Steam Award badge. This badge, and each additional level, earns you Steam XP.
What are all the ways I can get Steam Award Trading Cards?
You can get trading cards in a few ways:
- As a reward for purchasing from the Steam Store
- Crafting game badges
- Voting in the Steam Awards
- Browsing your Discovery Queue
- Trading with friends
- Purchasing them in the Community Market
Where can I see all my badges?
You can see all your completed and in progress badges from your Badges page.
Can I craft the Steam Award Trading Cards into a badge after the sale is over?
You’ll be able to craft the Steam Awards badge until February 4th.