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Chinese Games Nominated in Three Categories for the 2021 Steam Awards

By Julius Chen
Dec. 22, 2021 updated 12:18

Valve has now revealed the complete list of nominees and their respective categories for the 2021 Steam Awards, where some extraordinary Chinese games have won a place. 

The Steam Awards has specific categories such as 'Best Game You Suck At,' 'Sit Back and Relax,' and 'Labor of Love.' This year, Chinese games are competing in three categories.

Moncage, a unique puzzle adventure game gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam, has received a nomination for Most Innovative Gameplay. The game will also have an exhibition of its prototype in Gtopia: Gamesite in Shanghai.

Bright Memory: Infinite, created by FYQD-Studio has been nominated for Outstanding Visual Style.

Naraka: Bladepoint, an action-adventure battle royale of Chinese game giant NetEase, has also been nominated for 'Best Game You Suck At' this year. The game has just launched a series of collaborations with Bruce Lee, Shadow Warrior 3, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

2021 has been a successful year for Chinese game developers. Valve has announced that the overseas sales of games developed by Chinese game studios have increased 300% in 2021. Chinese Games Dominated 2021's Google Play Store, while Genshin Impact won The Game Award for Best Mobile Game 2021 and received PlayStation Partner Awards and 2021 Grand Award.

Valheim, New World, Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil Village, and Forza Horizon 5 are competing for the Game of the Year, while the winner of TGA Game of the Year It takes Two has a 'Better with Friends' nomination.

The full list of nominees at the Steam Awards 2021 are as follows:

Game of the Year

Valheim, New World, Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil Village, Forza Horizon 5

VR Game of the Year

Sniper Elite VR, Cooking Simulator VR, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, I Expect You To Die 2, Blair Witch VR

Labor of Love

DOTA 2, Terraria, Rust, No Man’s Sky, Apex Legends

Better with Friends

Valheim, Back 4 Blood, Halo Infinite, It Takes Two, Crab Game

Outstanding Visual Style

Psychonauts 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, Little Nightmares 2, Bright Memory: Infinite, Forza Horizon 5

Most Innovative Gameplay

Inscryption, 12 Minutes, Moncage, Deathloop, Loop Hero

Best Game You Suck At

World War Z: Aftermath, Naraka: Bladepoint, Nioh 2: Complete Edition, Age of Empires 4, Battlefield 2042

Best Soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy, Nier Replicant, Persona 5 Strikers, Guilty Gear: Strive, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles

Outstanding Story-Rich Game

Life is Strange: True Colors, Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil: Village, Days Gone, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Sit Back And Relax

Unpacking, Potion Craft, Farming Simulator 22, Townscaper, Dorfromantik

All the categories are listed on Steam's website, where gamers can cast their votes. Voting will begin tomorrow and continue until Jan 4th, and you can click here to do so.