The Game Awards 2015 winners |


The Witcher 3 wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards

But the best speech of the night came courtesy of a fan-voted winner.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took home the top prize at The 2015 Game Awards, hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley.

CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3, which competed against Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Super Mario Maker, also won CD Projekt the honor of Developer of the Year while also nabbing Best RPG Game.

Other big winners of the night included Rocket League, which won both Best Independent Game and Best Sports/Racing Game, while Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Soundtrack. Series mastermind Hideo Kojima was not present at the awards, with host and producer Keighley saying Kojima’s employer, Konami, prevented him from attending. Her Story also won two awards for both Best Narrative and for actress Viva Seifert’s role in the Best Performance category.

Fans voted in six categories. Counter Strike: Global Offensive won eSports game of the year, Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller won Trending Gamer, Kenny “KennyS” Schrub was named eSports Player of the Year and Optic Gaming named Team of the Year, Portal Stories: Mel won Best Fan Creation, and No Man’s Sky was named Most Anticipated games.

The night’s best speech came courtesy of one of those fan-voted awards, as Kinda Funny’s Miller accepted his award.

Formerly of IGN, Miller left to co-found Kinda Funny, primarily a YouTube channel fronted by Miller and his former IGN co-workers Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys. Miller used his Trending Gamer speech time not to speak of his accomplishments, but to shine a spotlight on those behind the games that inspired his and so many others’ line of work.

“Thank you for making games. I would not be the person — we would not be the people we are today — if it wasn’t for video games,” Miller said, dedicating his time to honoring the untold number of game designers who don’t have the opportunity to stand on a stage and have their achievements recognized. Watch Miller’s full speech below via Kotaku.

The Game Awards’ winners (which EW participated in voting for) were decided by a panel 30 individual judges from various outlets. These are the second Game Awards in their current incarnation, independently produced by Keighley following his run as host of Spike’s VGX Awards in 2013, which itself was a replacement of the Spike Video Game Awards.

The full 2015 winners follows:

Game of the Year
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year
CD Projekt Red

Best Independent Game 
Rocket League

Best Mobile/Handheld Game 
Lara Croft GO

Best Narrative 
Her Story

Best Art Direction 
Ori and the Blind Forest 

Best Score/Soundtrack 
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Best Performance 
Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award 
Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)

Best Shooter 

Best Action/Adventure Game 
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain  

Best Role Playing Game 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Fighting Game 
Mortal Kombat X

Best Family Game 
Super Mario Maker

Best Sports/Racing Game 
Rocket League

Best Multiplayer 

Most Anticipated Game 
No Man’s Sky

eSports Player of the Year 
Kenny “KennyS” Schrub

eSports Team of the Year
Optic Gaming

eSports Game of the Year 
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Trending Gamer 
Greg Miller

Best Fan Creation 
Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)