Gamers from across Australia will have the chance to make their voices heard. The inaugural Australian Games Awards (AGAs) has just been announced, giving gamers the opportunity to vote and nominate across 30 different categories.

With categories in areas of games, game development, esports, cosplay, content creation, accessories, and media – the aim of the awards is to “recognise excellence”.

“I’m so thrilled to finally reveal the event,” said Trade Media Director, Joel Van Daal at the launch of the AGAs.

“This will be the biggest ever celebration of Australian gaming culture, and will give the community the opportunity to have their say. Games are the premier form of entertainment, and we are just pleased to be able to give them the platform it deserves.”

With the event being held at Sydney’s Luna Park on Wednesday, December 19, the AGAs are not far away. However, nominations are now open and will be open up until midnight AEST on November 19. Voting will open later that week and close in early December.

After the event’s organiser, Trade Media, made the announcement yesterday the community was quick to respond. Within 24 hours Mr Van Daal tweeted out that the AGAs had already received 2,200 nominations.

For those interested in attending the AGAs, 200 Ultimate Fans can celebrate alongside the chosen finalists by purchasing tickets through EB Games- the official retail partner for the awards. Tickets will cost $199 and include food, drinks, and a swag bag, along with extras that will be announced closer to the event.

To get a head-start on nominating for the AGAs and to purchase a ticket to the event , make sure to head to the AGAs official website.

Categories for the Australian Game Awards

  • Action/Adventure Title of the Year
  • Audio Brand of the Year
  • Australian Developed Game of the Year presented by Bethesda
  • Breakout Creator of the Year
  • Controller and Accessories Brand of the Year
  • Cosplayer of the Year
  • Creator of the Year
  • Esports Personality of the Year
  • Esports Title of the Year
  • Family/Kids Title of the Year
  • Game of the Year
  • Gaming Publication of the Year
  • Independent Game of the Year presented by Nintendo
  • Journalist of the Year
  • Mixer Creator of the Year
  • Mobile/Handheld Title of the Year
  • Multiplayer/Online Title of the Year
  • Organisation of the Year
  • Play of the Year
  • Player of the Year
  • RPG of the Year
  • Shooter of the Year
  • Social Media God
  • Sports, Racing or Fighting Title of the Year
  • Strategy Title of the Year
  • Table Top of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • The Gamechanger
  • Twitch Creator of the Year
  • Youtube Creator of the Year

With so many categories, the AGAs are indeed representing all those who make the Australian Gaming Industry what it is today.

To keep up-to-date with announcements and to follow the event’s progress make sure to check out the AGAs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

When I’m not addressing my addiction to Overwatch, I like to dabble in the odd JRPG with some favourites coming from the Final Fantasy franchise. I’m a sucker for games with great stories and fantastic music but I also love a good nostalgia trip with some oldies but goodies. I’m currently studying Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney and as a video games enthusiast, I love being able to report on them to my heart's content.