2018 has been a solid year for gamers, which made voting for the Golden Joystick Ultimate Game of the Year all the more divisive.
This year, the coveted title was awarded to Fortnite Battle Royale.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Fortnite has logged a whopping 8.3 million concurrent players, with 78.3 million recorded gamers in one month alone.
Given the amount of attention the game has received – from a Monopoly version to parents who pay for Fortnite tutoring – it was undoubtedly expected to rank high on Golden Joystick’s list.
The position as #1 however divided gamers on social media. While some defended the accolade, others shunned the game calling it the outcome of swarms of 10-year-olds voting. One gamer went as far as comparing Fortnite winning best game to Taylor Swift composing a symphony rivalling Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Die-hard fans defended Fortnite’s win, engaging in a social media battle royale commending the game. Proud gamers labelled it deserving, loveable and worthy of winning Ultimate Game of the Year for the tireless efforts of developers.
The annual Golden Joystick awards created a debate about what constitutes an award-winning game. The award was heavily criticised for being a popularity contest, favouring the amount of players over gameplay and gaming innovation.
Many believed there were other games released in 2018 more deserving of accolades, two of which came close to taking the gaming crown. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4gave Fortnite a run for its money taking second and third positions respectively.
Many other games also cleaned up at the award ceremony; God of War won Best Storytelling, Subnautica was awarded best PC game and Forza Horizon 4 took out the Xbox Game of the Year.
Other notable previous winners of the prestigious Ultimate Game of the Year award include Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls, Grand Theft Auto and The Elder Scroll.