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)

PS4 exclusive game from the team who made Dark Souls. Action RPG from renowned Japanese developer FromSoftware, in collaboration with SCE Japan Studio.
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