The Game Awards 2021 audience award went to Halo Infinite (Update)


After an early lead in the multi-part polls, Halo Infinite ultimately took the Players’ Voice award

[Update 2: After a three-part audience vote with game-of-the-year contenders, Halo Infinite was declared the winner of the Players’ Voice award at The Game Awards 2021.]

[Update: The list of nominees for the Players’ Voice award started at 30 games, then it was whittled down to ten, and now there are just five finalists left at The Game Awards 2021. The polls are still open, and the winner will be either Halo Infinite, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, Resident Evil Village, or Forza Horizon 5. We’ll find out on December 8.]

With constantly shifting results, it’s fun to keep tabs on the audience vote at The Game Awards. 2021 has no shortage of potential game-of-the-year contenders vying for the top spot, and if you want to help your favorites — or if you’re just curious to see what other folks are rallying behind — then the Players’ Voice section is worth a look.

Public voting opened on December 2 with 30 games in the running and 10 votes available, so fans can cast a pretty wide net right now. Here’s the nominee list, which is a mix of games that launched in 2021 and some unshakable giants that are still hanging on:

  • Deathloop
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • GTA Online
  • Halo Infinite
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Returnal
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Hitman 3
  • Neo: The World Ends With You
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Metroid Dread
  • It Takes Two
  • Pyschonauts 2
  • Inscryption
  • Death’s Door
  • League of Legends
  • Genshin Impact
  • Apex Legends
  • Valorant
  • New World

At the time of writing, Halo Infinite is at the top with eight percent of the Players’ Voice vote. Resident Evil Village and Forza Horizon 5 are right behind it at seven percent, followed by It Takes Two with six percent, and several great titles at five percent: Psychonauts 2, Metroid Dread, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

From here, round two of The Game Awards audience voting will begin on December 5 (with ten nominees and five votes to cast), and then the third and final round will start on December 7 (with five nominees and a single vote). Then it’s the live show on Dec. 9.

Again, it’s just the first round of voting at The Game Awards 2021, so expect big shifts as the nominee pool continues to shrink and fandoms rally. Last year’s Players’ Voice award ultimately went to Ghost of Tsushima, which seemed spot-on. It’s a well-liked game!

As for Halo Infinite, the campaign isn’t out yet, but a ton of us sure love the multiplayer.