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Golden Joystick Awards 2021: Vote right here!

Voting is now live in the Golden Joystick Awards 2021! Simply click on the 'Start Voting' button above to have your say on such hotly-contested categories as Best Storytelling, Best Visual Design and the prestigious Ultimate Game of the Year. It only takes a few minutes to show your appreciation for the breakout hits, indie gems and AAA titans of the last 12 months, from surprises such as as Chicory, Wildermyth and Sable; to blockbusters like Fortnite, Apex Legends and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. 

How to claim your free gaming ebook worth up to $8.99 / £8.99

GJA 2021 Free eBooks

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Once you've finished voting, you'll be invited to share your email address with some familiar marketing options. We'll be in touch shortly via email to offer you a free gaming ebook worth up to £8.99 / $8.99 which is compatible with Apple and Android devices and web browsers. The titles include:

  • Retro Gamer Book of Arcade Classics
  • Ultimate Retro PC Gamer Collection
  • 100 Nintendo Games To Play Before You Die
  • 100 PlayStation Games To Play Before You Die
  • Greatest Gaming Icons

That's it! Simply complete the voting form, share your email address, and we'll be in touch soon to offer you a selection of ebooks.

Golden Joystick Awards 2021 eligibility for nominations

Last year's Golden Joystick Awards was our first all-digital show, and we're making the viewing experience even slicker this year by trimming down the number of awards and nominees, giving us more time to focus on incredible people and stories of the last 12 months. Naturally, this has made judging even harder, and the award shortlists you see above were hotly-debated by a panel of journalists from our leading gaming brands including GamesRadar, PC Gamer, Play Magazine, Edge Magazine, Retro Gamer and the Future Games Show.

To be eligible for nomination, a game must have been released between Nov 20th, 2020 (when last year's Ultimate Game of the Year vote closed) and the present day. In exceptional cases, upcoming games that are due be released during the Golden Joystick Awards' voting window, from Tuesday Oct 19 to Friday November 5th, will be considered by our judges for addition to the voting shortlists after they have been released, reviewed and debated. Games released after public voting closes on Nov 5th, but before the show is broadcast on Nov 23, will be eligible for our Critics' Choice award, selected by our panel of judges.

What we can't stress enough, is that the Golden Joystick Awards are the people's gaming awards, chosen entirely by your votes. Last year, some categories were decided by less than 100 votes, and we can't emphasise enough how much your support can make a difference to your favourite games and developers.

We look forward to seeing you all on November 23rd when we reveal the winners.

Stay tuned for announcements about hosts, exclusive trailers and more surprises

Follow @gamesradar or @GoldenJoysticks on Twitter for more announcements about new categories, exclusive trailers and our special guest hosts. The Golden Joystick Awards 2021 will be an all-digital show that awards the best games of the last 12 months, celebrating the next generation of consoles and supporting the next-generation of creators. We look forward to seeing you on November 23!

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