The results of The Steam Awards 2023 have been revealed, sparking criticism from gamers who perceive the entire event as a mockery. Since 2016, Steam has hosted an annual awards ceremony, allowing users to nominate and vote for their favorite games. The recently announced winners of 2023, however, are facing backlash.
While it comes as no surprise that Baldur’s Gate 3 secured the title of Game of the Year, given its numerous accolades and top rankings on various year-end lists, other categories have raised eyebrows.
Starfield’s victory in the Most Innovative Gameplay category and Red Dead Redemption 2 being honored with the Labor of Love award have particularly stirred controversy among the gaming community.
Gamers frustrated by Starfield, RDR2 & more winning Steam Awards
A significant portion of the backlash against this year’s Steam Awards revolves around Starfield and Red Dead Redemption 2 securing victories in categories that some argue they do not rightfully belong to.
Starfield has been a subject of controversy since its September 2023 launch. Despite initially garnering mixed to positive reviews, its Steam user ratings have recently plummeted to “Mostly Negative.”
Critics mainly target Starfield’s gameplay loop, citing it as repetitive and stagnant. Given these critiques, the decision to award it Most Innovative Gameplay has left many surprised and fueled the discontent within the gaming community.