Baldur’s Gate 3 won big at the Golden Joystick Awards 2023


Baldur’s Gate 3 won in the categories of best story, best visual design, studio of the year, best gaming community, PC game of the year, and best game of the year. Actor Neil Newbon, who plays Astarion, also received the award for Best Supporting Actor.

This is the only time in the 41-year history of the Golden Joystick Awards that a game has earned seven wins across all categories.


Final Fantasy 16 took second place with awards for Best Sound Design and Best Actor for Ben Starr, who plays Clive Rosfield.

Below is the list of award categories and winning games at the Golden Joystick Awards 2023:

  • Best plot: Baldur’s Gate 3

  • Best continuously updated game: No Man’s Sky

  • Best Visual Design – Baldur’s Gate 3​

  • Studio of the Year: Larian Studios

  • Best Game Expansion: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

  • Best Independent Game: Sea of ​​Stars

  • Best Virtual Reality Game: Horizon Call of the Mountain

  • Best multiplayer game: Mortal Kombat 1

  • Best Sound Design – Final Fantasy XVI

  • Best Game Trailer: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

  • Best streaming game: Valorant

  • Best Gaming Community: Baldur’s Gate 3

  • Best gaming device: PSVR 2

  • Breakthrough Award – Cocoon / Interactive Geometric

  • Critics’ Award – Alan Wake II

  • Best Actor: Ben Starr, Final Fantasy XVI

  • Best Supporting Actor: Neil Newborn, Astarion, Baldur’s Gate 3

  • Nintendo Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • PC Game of the Year: Baldur’s Gate 3​

  • Xbox Game of the Year: Starfield

  • PlayStation Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4

  • The most anticipated game: Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth​

  • Best game of the year: Baldur’s Gate 3

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