No Man's Sky wins the "Still Playing" medal at the Golden Joystick Awards

No Man's Sky winning at the Golden Joystick Awards 2023
(Image credit: Hello Games)

No Man's Sky has earned yet another accolade for its longevity - it's won the "Still Playing" award at the Golden Joystick Awards powered by Intel. 

Despite an infamously poor launch back in 2016, No Man's Sky has continued to grow from strength to strength ever since. Developer Hello Games has refused to give up on its little space sim that could, sticking with the project through studio floods, online hate, and an increase in competition.

2023 has seen four major content updates to No Man's Sky, with the most recent Echoes Update proving extremely popular with long-term fans, as well as disgruntled Starfield players who hoped for more seamless exploration.

No Man's Sky has emerged victorious in one of the most competitive and heavily populated categories in the Golden Joystick portfolio this year, beating out Fortnite, Apex Legends, and even last year's winner, Genshin Impact.

The full list of Golden Joystick Awards 2023 nominees is as follows:

  • No Man's Sky (winner)
  • Genshin Impact
  • The Sims 4
  • Fortnite
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • GTA Online
  • Warframe
  • Valorant
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / Counter-Strike 2
  • Apex Legends
  • Dota 2
  • Call of Duty

With today's Live Service market being arguably over-saturated, a critical failure from 2016 had its work cut out for it in the field above. Luckily, Sean Murray's dedication to the project has produced one of the most popular space games currently available. 

Earlier in the year, a lot of folks prophesized the end of No Man's Sky due to its similarities to Starfield, but a strong PSVR 2 port, as well as a celebration of its seventh birthday, helped carry it through the year.

In September of 2023, right around the time of Starfield's launch, No Man's Sky reached a peak concurrent player count for the year at 27,000+ players, according to Steambase. That's not far off its all-time peak of 35,000 players. 

Back in 2020, No Man's Sky scooped up the Ongoing Game award at the Game Awards, and since then it has won multiple Community Support awards as well. 

Discover the best games of 2023 at the best prices by checking out the Golden Joystick Awards Steam sale page

Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension. Location: UK Remote