Japan Game Awards 2017

The Japanese Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (boy is that a mouthful) announced with a press release today that the Game of the Year vote is now open. The Japan Game Awards 2017 will be given in September and it’s up to a public vote to decide on the GotY recipient. The JCESA is also responsible for the Tokyo Game Show which we all know and love.

Details Please

The Game of the Year award is actually a series of awards. It will honour games that were released in 2016. Once the public votes have been collected the Japan Game Awards selection committee will step in. They will dictate who gets the Grand Award. They will also be responsible for several Awards for Excellence, two Global Awards, one for best Japanese game, one for best international game and a Best Sales Award.

Make your Voice Heard

The bad news is that you will need a valid Japanese address. If you’re lucky enough to be get through that hoop youcan vote in the Japan Game Awards. The voting closes on 21st July so you have plenty of time to mull it over. You can vote by website or postcard if you’re somehow into games but anti the internet. Wait, how are you reading this… okay postcard if you feel like trying something new.

Last Years Winners

Last year it was Splatoon who was the Grand Award winner and deservedly so. The Awards for Excellence went toDark Souls III, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Minecraft and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt among others.

Splatoon screenshot - winner of the Japan Game Awards 2016
Last year’s colourful winner

Most of us may not be able to actually vote but we will watch the results with baited breath. Bring on the Tokyo Game Show. But first, E3! #ILoveAwardsSeason