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The Steam Awards 2018 Nominees - Winter Sale Starts Thursday

The Steam Blog announces The Steam Awards 2018 nominees, saying that the community will be able to vote on these beginning on Thursday when the Steam Winter Sale begins. There are eight categories: Game of the Year, VR Game of the Year, Labor of Love, Best Environment, Better with Friends, Alternate History, Fun with a Machine, and Best Developer. Interestingly, not all the games in all categories came out this year. Also, Valve is not including themselves in the best developer category. Here are the nominees:
The Steam Community has spoken, and we are proud to announce the finalists for The Steam Awards 2018 -- but we still need your help choosing the winners!

Voting will open on December 20th, at the start of the 12th annual Steam Winter Sale. Vote in each of our 8 categories to share your top Steam games and developers from 2018 and obtain this year’s set of trading cards.

Voting closes January 3rd and winners will be announced early February 2019. Good luck to all of our nominees!

Nominees for Game of the Year

  • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • HITMAN™ 2
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Nominees for VR Game of the Year

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • VRChat
  • Beat Saber
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • SUPERHOT VR

Nominees for Labor of Love

  • Dota 2
  • GTA V
  • No Man's Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley

Nominees for Best Environment

  • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • DARK SOULS™ III

Nominees for Better with Friends

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege
  • PAYDAY 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Overcooked! 2

Nominees for Best Alternate History

  • Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
  • Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
  • Fallout 4

Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Rocket League
  • NieR:Automata
  • Factorio
  • Space Engineers

Nominees for Best Developer

  • CD PROJEKT RED
  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Paradox Interactive
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Klei

Notes on Best Developer category:
"Best Developer” proved to be a highly-contested category with a lot of close calls among the top nominees. As a result, we expanded the set of nominees to 10. In addition, we’ve excluded ourselves from this category. We appreciate the love you’ve shown us, but we want to honor the other awesome developers on Steam, so we have excluded Valve from the final tally.