Cloudy with a Chance of Games

Now that the dust has settled, the confetti is tidied away and the team looks to the rest of 2021, we thought it would be a good time to go over our 2020 winners of The Cloud Gaming Awards. It’s amazing that even though the world faced struggles, we had an incredible year in gaming, with big name releases, indie gems, as well as amazing communities and streamers making people smile, laugh and cheer.

Every entry in the categories deserved to win, but after an extraordinary amount of votes (over 11,000!), we had our winners.

Stadia Streamer of the Year – Meg Atron X

It’s hard not to love Meg A Tron X. A community favourite, her gameplay streams and live reactions are watched and enjoyed by a huge portion of the Stadia community. She is a deserving winner of the Streamer of the Year award, and we look forward to seeing her channel grow even more in this year. You can find Meg Atron X here.

Stadia Content Creator of the Year – Nerd Nest

Nerd Nest have really got it all; let’s plays, reviews, news roundups, live streams and so much more. Another loved community channel, their content won them our precious Content Creator of the Year award, and we were more than happy to award it to them. You can find Nerd Nest here.

International Stadia Content Creator of the Year – Stadia FR

We wanted to make sure that we took into account the communities beyond the English-speaking countries, so we dedicated an award to just that. We had a plethora of international Stadia creators, but there could only be one winner. Stadia FR are a French team of Stadia enthusiasts making truly wonderful content, ranging from news to reviews and let’s plays. We can’t wait to see how their channel grows, bravo guys! You can find Stadia FR here.

Podcast/Talkshow of the Year – StadiaCast

It’s hard to cut through the noise sometimes, especially when it comes to podcasts. Whatever your hobbies and interests, there’s a podcast out there. But the podcast that stood out to our voters in particular was StadiaCast. Their one stop shop for Stadia news is a fan favourite, and they deserved their award well and truly. You can listen to Bill and Lloyd here.

Stadia Moment of the Year – Phil Harrison, Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo Announcement

The Biggest Moment of the Year award was not an easy choice to make, there were plenty of big moments to choose from! However, nothing topped the feeling of Phil Harrison announcing a Stadia-exclusive demo for a game that was going to be released on most other platforms. The secret smiles and giggles were felt by all and it took our Biggest Moment of the Year award home.

Game of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

A stunning and visceral new take on the Viking era and a very well-received entry in the Assassin’s Creed series, our panel voted Valhalla as our Game of the Year with confidence. In a year of immense titles, AC: Valhalla stood out victorious and deservingly so.

“This is an honor to receive the “Game of the Year” and “RPG of the Year” awards for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at Cloud Gaming Awards.

With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we wanted to give players the opportunity to deep-dive into the lands of Norway and England, relive the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors, and build their very own Viking Experience.

On behalf of the studios and all the Ubisoft teams who contributed to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, thank you for voting for us. SKÀL!”

Julien Laferrière, Game Producer, Ubisoft

Shooter Game of the Year – Doom Eternal

The beloved household FPS series returned in 2020 with a cataclysmic bang. Doom Eternal is a lightning fast shooter with some of the most detailed demon destruction this side of Mars, so it came as no surprise that it was voted for Shooter Game of the Year. Big *redacted* demons and Big *redacted* guns, what else do you need? Oh, just one of the heaviest soundtracks gamers have ever experienced. An all-round blast.

Adventure Game of the Year – Red Dead Redemption 2

The sequel to one of the biggest games of all time, Red Dead Redemption 2 was a major hit within the Stadia community. The sheer amount of hours some Stadian’s have sunk into this game tells you all you need to know; an incredible, emotional story with truly breath-taking open world scenery. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a worthy successor to the original, and a worthy winner of Adventure Game of the Year.

RPG Game of the Year – Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Valhalla wasn’t content with just one award this year. Chosen by the voters, AC: Valhalla let players live and breathe a Viking world across Norway and England. As far as RPG’s go, Valhalla was an incredible addition to the cloud gaming library, and it should treasure its awards with pride.

Sport/Racing Game of the Year – GRID

Codemaster’s visually stunning latest entry in the GRID series was (and still is) a popular title for casual and serious racers alike. With the impressive lobby sizes, it became a go-to for racing communities and was a popular title in our Cloudy Playalong’s. A huge variety of cars and tracks made both the single player and multiplayer game modes a great source of entertainment.

Co-op Game of the Year – The Division 2

Ubisoft embraced cloud gaming with open arms, and their latest entry in The Division series was a thrilling single player and co-op experience that utilised the cloud’s potential very well. A fan favourite that deserved it’s award, The Division 2 pits agents against some of the fiercest threats they have ever faced in a broken Washington D.C.

Party Game of the Year – Get Packed

Need a super removal team that causes chaos wherever they go? Get Packed is what you’re looking for. A wacky, elastic physics party game that is sure to make people laugh and smile, Get Packed is the perfect game to be enjoyed with people as you destroy furniture and houses in the name of fast removals.

Family Game of the Year – Human Fall Flat

Another crazy physics game, this time with wibbly wobbly parkour. Human Fall Flat is a light-hearted parkour/puzzle game that can be played alone or with others and makes for some great laughs. A family friendly time-killer that is guaranteed to make the kids laugh, but also challenge your family with truly mind-bending puzzles.

Stadia Pro Game of the Year – Destiny 2

The first Pro game and one of the biggest sequels of recent years, Destiny 2 was a major hit on Stadia. It was a steal on Stadia Pro; the price of a month of pro makes Destiny 2 a worthy game, especially considering the hours you can put into it.

Stadia Exclusive of the Year – Orcs Must Die 3

The well-known action tower defence game came to Stadia as an exclusive, and it’s safe to say people loved it. You’re defending from, you guessed it, orcs, as you use traps to stop them from winning. Single player, multiplayer, endless mode and the new War Scenarios mode give players plenty of opportunities to stop those orcs.

Indie Game of the Year – Crayta

Like to make games? What about games within a game? Then Crayta is your go-to. With infinite potential and the power of the cloud, Crayta allows for collaborative game making and playing with online multiplayer. Even better still, this Stadia exclusive comes from small-time developers Unit 2 Games, and most definitely deserves the title of Indie Game of the Year.

Best Use of Stadia Technology Award – The Division 2

Not content with just one award, The Division 2 took home our Best Use of Stadia Technology award home for a reason. Stream Connect utilised cloud power to display the view of the other members of your team to boost teamwork and communication, and our voters were blown away by this Stadia-exclusive feature.

Best Soundtrack of the Year – Just Shapes and Beats

Picture a bullet hell game with an incredible booming soundtrack which you keep to the rhythm of. Sound fun? Our voters clearly thought so too. A pulsing EDM soundtrack that can be enjoyed on your own or with friends, Just Shapes and Beats gives players a fast-paced thrill ride that will leave tracks stuck in your head all day.

Accessibility in Games Award – Marvel’s Avengers

Everyone can assemble in Marvel’s Avengers. Our panel voted for Avengers due to its wide range of accessibility settings that can allow for any gamer to jump in and the save the world. We’re hoping that more games add in the settings that Avengers has to make gaming more accessible to everyone.

Special Recognition – Grace and Chris

Last but by no means least, an award for our fabulous Stadia community team members Grace and Chris. Their engagement with the community has been amazing, and they are always up for getting involved with different community events. We hope to continue to see their involvement in the community, keep it coming guys!

Phew! What a year we had in 2020. Thank you to everyone who voted, took part in and watched our first Cloud Gaming Awards, and well done to all entries and winners. Our cloud gaming community will only grow stronger as the years go on, and we cannot wait to see what comes next. Who knows, you might see us all again next year…

By Ben Watson

I'm a writer/reviewer for Cloudy and have been playing video games for most of my life! I started on the Nintendo 64 and haven't stopped since.

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