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The Spawnies reveal 2022 award nominees

The Spawnies has revealed its nominees ahead of the January award ceremony.


The Spawnies debuted last year as a celebration of the most notable game releases of the year. An extension of the Spawn on Me podcast, the award show is hosted by Kahlief Adams and Riana Manuel-Peña. With a couple of months until the ceremony, The Spawnies has released its official nominee list.

Here are all of the nominees for The Spawnies, as shared on the event’s website:

A cartoon rendering of Kahlief Adams with the words

Source: The Spawnies

6 Million Ways To Die Award (Best Shooter)

  • Rollerdrome
  • Neon White
  • Apex Legends
  • Splatoon 3

Snot Bubble Cry Award (Most Emotional / Narrative Game)

  • As Dusk Falls
  • Beacon Pines
  • We Are OFK
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

On The Road Again Award (Best Ongoing Game)

  • Destiny 2
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Cinco Paus
  • Star Traders Frontiers

Indiepocalypse Award (Best Indie Game)

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Nobody Saves The World
  • PowerWash Simulator

Turn Me Up Award (Best Music in a Game)

  • We Are OFK
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Tunic
  • Cult of the Lamb

Oh Snap! Award (Most Surprising Game)

  • Citizen Sleeper
  • PowerWash Simulator
  • Elden Ring
  • Stray

Ease On Down The Road Award (Best Adventure Game)

  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Elden Ring
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Jamiroquai Award (Best VR Game)

  • Moss Book 2
  • Walkabout Mini Golf VR
  • The Last Clockwinder

One Shining Moment Award (Best Sports Game)

  • Rollerdome
  • FIFA 23
  • WWE 2K22
  • OlliOlli World

Brookago Heritage Award (Diversity Award)

  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Weird West
  • Saints Row
  • The Quarry

Be Water, My Friend (Best Fighting Game)

  • Sifu
  • MultiVersus
  • KOF XV
  • Rumbleverse

Crystal Biscuit Award (Most Anticipated Upcoming Game)

  • Skate Story
  • Starfield
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Spider-Man 2

Cheddar Bay Biscuit Award (Best Game of the Year)

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Horizon Forbidden West

The Spawnies will go down on January 30, 2023, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. The show has already teased a line-up of special guests, as well as some musical performances. After a successful debut last year, The Spawnies are back for a sophomore outing.

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