Every February the video game industry celebrates another annual event called D.I.C.E. Awards. This is a prestigious award ceremony that celebrates the most innovative games, selecting the best works of digital art made over the year.

For those who didn’t know, D.I.C.E. shouldn’t be mistaken with a famous game studio. D.I.C.E. is a backronym that stands for “Design Innovate Communicate Entertain”. The awards are organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) which consists of over 22 000 video game professionals from across the globe. So, the winners of these awards are purely selected by the professionals, not the fans. Due to this approach, the D.I.C.E. Awards are considered the main peer-based recognition within the video games compared to the other major awards.

In 2020, there were 23 categories for the awards. According to the industry professionals, two games stood out from the crowd – Untitled Goose Game and Control – both of which took home top honors.

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • Game of the Year: Untitled Goose Game
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Control
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: Baba Is You
  • Portable Game of the Year: Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game: Untitled Goose Game
  • Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Pistol Whip
  • Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Blood & Truth
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Apex Legends
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 2020
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year: The Outer Worlds
  • Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart Tour
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Mortal Kombat 11
  • Family Game of the Year: Super Mario Maker 2
  • Adventure Game of the Year: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Action Game of the Year: Control
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement: Death Stranding
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story: Disco Elysium
  • Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design: Death Stranding
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Control
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character: Untitled Goose Game
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Control
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Luigi’s Mansion 3