The Golden Joystick Awards revealed the shortlist for its 2015 ceremony with public voting now open, and each voter will receive a copy of BioShock Infinite for PC from Green Man Gaming (GMG).

The event will be taking place on the afternoon of Friday 30 October at the indigO2 in the world famous O2 Arena in London as it celebrates the very best in the gaming industry. The Golden Joystick Awards, powered by GamesRadar+, is the only annual awards voted for by gamers, and in 2014 an incredible nine million people cast their votes. An aftershow party will be held directly afterwards at the Brooklyn Bowl, also in the O2 Arena, complete with live entertainment.

Now in its 33rd year, the 2015 awards have 24 categories with 21 being publicly voted, with the additional special awards being chosen by an expert panel consisting of Future plc’s editorial teams. The awards recognise every aspect of the world of gaming and this year sees a plethora of new awards that represent the ever changing landscape of gaming.

Event host Danny Wallace says, “The Golden Joysticks is a legendary event, voted for by the gamers themselves, and as a gamer, games actor and former games journalist I’m delighted to have been asked to host. These are exciting times for video games. Sonic vs Mario. Double Dragon. Talk of ‘the Mega CD’. But who or what will walk away with an award? I’m looking forward to it all immensely.

Dan Dawkins, Future plc’s Editor-in-Chief of Gaming says, “This year’s nominations really show the scale and diversity of modern gaming, with a daring, smaller-scale, interactive movie like Her Story competing side-by-side with a mega-budget AAA blockbuster like Batman Arkham Knight.

Danny Wallace’s credentials need little introduction, and I’m delighted he’s hosting this year’s awards. In fact, When I started in the industry in 2000 on PSM2 magazine, Danny used to write our ‘Last Laugh’ page, setting up a real-life dating profile for Tekken’s Yoshimitsu.” adds Dawkins


The Golden Joystick Awards shortlist was chosen by an editorial panel comprised of Future games staff from publications including GamesRadar+, Edge, Kotaku UK and more.

The 21 public voted categories are:

Best Original Game

  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
  • Life is Strange (Square)
  • This War of Mine (11 bit Studios)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Invisible Inc (Klei Entertainment)
  • Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft)
  • Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Storytelling

  • Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian / Paradox)
  • Sunless Sea (Failbetter Games)
  • Life Is Strange (Square)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
  • Game of Thrones (Telltale)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • The Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
  • Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)

Best Visual Design

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • Vanishing of Ethan Carter (People Can Fly)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • The Order: 1886 (Sony)
  • Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft)
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
  • Alien Isolation (Sega)

Best Audio in association with DTS

  • Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Devolver Digital)
  • Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
  • Battlefield Hardline (EA)
  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • Titan Souls (Devolver Digital)
  • Dying Light (Warner)
  • Life is Strange (Square)
  • Alien Isolation (Sega)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • GTA Online (Rockstar)
  • Destiny: House of Wolves (Activision)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Mortal Kombat X (Warner)
  • Kalimba (Press Play)
  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
  • PES 2015 (Konami)
  • FIFA 2015 (EA)
  • Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard)

Best Indie Game

  • Axiom Verge
  • Affordable Space Adventures
  • Volume
  • Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Crypt Of The Necrodancer
  • Her Story
  • Invisible, Inc
  • Chaos Reborn
  • OlliOlli 2

Innovation of the Year

  • 3D head tracking for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)
  • Affordable Space Adventures’ GamePad cockpit
  • First-person mode in GTA 5 (Rockstar)
  • Destiny’s companion app (Activision)
  • FFXV’s demo 2.0 fan feedback update (Square)
  • #IDARB (Microsoft)
  • Project Morpheus London Heist Demo (Sony)

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio

  • Making it across the bridge in Dying Light (Warner)
  • The summon in Final Fantasy XV (Square)
  • Amygdala and the Nightmare Frontier in Bloodborne (Sony)
  • Meeting yourself from a previous game in Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • Riding an elephant to war in Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
  • Hyperspace in Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
  • The ‘return’ of the Joker in Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
  • The death derby in Tales from the Borderlands (2K Games)
  • Saving Kate in Life is Strange (Square)
  • The bloody baron quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)

Most Wanted Game in association with The Sun

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Square)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft)
  • Total War Warhammer (Sega)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Sony)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Microsoft)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)
  • Uncharted 4 (Sony)
  • New Zelda (Nintendo)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (EA)
  • Mass Effect Andromeda (EA)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  • The Last Guardian (Sony)
  • Dark Souls 3 (Namco Bandai)

Gaming Personality of the Year

  • Shaun Plott
  • Austin Creed (Up, Up, Down, Down)
  • PewDiePie
  • MasterOV and MasterChar
  • StampyLongHead
  • NerdCubed
  • Spencer FC
  • The Miller Report
  • Ashley Mariee Gaming
  • Greg Miller

Studio of the Year

  • Bungie
  • The Creative Assembly
  • From Software
  • Rocksteady
  • Housemarque
  • Klei
  • CD Projekt RED
  • Frontier
  • Blizzard
  • Kojima Productions

Gaming Platform of the Year in association with Digital Spy

  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Wii U
  • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Steam
  • iOS
  • Android

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • Destiny (Activision)
  • Bloodborne (Sony)
  • Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
  • Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Life Is Strange (Square)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
  • Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
  • PES 2016 (Konami)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)

Performance of the Year

  • Ashly Burch as Chloe in Life is Strange
  • Freddie Prinze, Jr. as The Iron Bull
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker in Batman Arkham Knight
  • Molly Stone as Talia Forrester in Game of Thrones
  • Laura Bailey as Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands
  • Troy Baker as Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
  • Viva Seifert in Her Story
  • Patrick Warburton as Vasquez in Tales from the Borderlands
  • Fry and Laurie in Little Big Planet 3

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • DriveClub
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Until Dawn
  • God Of War 3: Remastered
  • The Order: 1886
  • Helldivers
  • Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo)
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World (Nintendo)

PC Game of the Year

  • Cities: Skylines (Paradox)
  • Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
  • Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian)
  • Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
  • Endless Legend (Iceberg Interactive)
  • GTA 5 (Rockstar)
  • The Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
  • Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard)
  • Invisible Inc (Klei Entertainment)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Alien Isolation (Sega)

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Kalimba
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • State of Decay: Year One Survival
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • #IDARB
  • Halo: Master Chief Collection
  • Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Rare Replay

eSports Icon in association with Dfinity

  • Dota 2 – Syed ‘SumaiL’ Sumail Hassan
  • Smite – Brett ‘MlcSt3alth’ Felley
  • Hearthstone – Sebastien ‘Forsen’ Fors
  • Hearthstone – Andrey ‘Reynad’ Yanuk
  • CounterStrike GO – Anders Blume

Family Game

  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo)
  • Lego Jurassic World (Warner)
  • Lego Dimensions (Warner)
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo)
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  • Minecraft (Microsoft)
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.5 (Square)
  • Skylanders Trap Team (Activision)
  • Captain Toad (Nintendo)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game

  • Terra Battle (Mistwalker)
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper (Square)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Football Manager 2015 Classic (Sega)
  • Lifeline (3 Minute Games)
  • Framed (Loveshack Entertainment)
  • Neko Atsume (Hit-Point)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  • Steins; Gate (Nitroplus)
  • Twenty (Frenchguys)

In order to claim BioShock Infinite on PC, simply follow these instructions:

  • Vote in the 33rd Golden Joystick Awards
  • Create your GMG / Playfire account through the links provided after voting
  • Link your Steam account on Playfire (if you haven’t already) to receive your exclusive voucher code for BioShock Infinite for £1/$1/€1.
  • Play BioShock Infinite and earn £1/$1/€1 GMG credit back.
  • Receive other great discounts from GMG.