The show’s over, but the memories, the non-biodegradable plastic, and the internet controversy that Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t win Game of the Year will live forever.
The entertainment industry’s other annual who’s-who, what’s-what, and who-did-what event went down in Los Angeles last night, with 20-something kitsch collectibles allocated accordingly between new game announcements, trailer debuts, and… this guy. Multiple-times EVO champ and mega-personality Dominique “SonicFox” McLean took home the Best Esports Player accolade, accepting it with what must be one of the most charismatic, adorable, and honest acceptance speeches ever.
“Uh, wow. I really won this shit,” he squeals as he flounces up on the stage. “Oh my god.”
As an openly gay black furry, McLean is a triple-threat in a scene that can be homophobic, racist, and totally toxic for people who aren’t straight white brodudes. So go SonicFox. You rule.
God of War beat out Red Dead Redemption 2 for the top distinction which doesn’t count because Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice wasn’t even nominated, with Fortnite glomming both Best Ongoing Game and Best Multiplayer Game. Rockstar’s cowboy-’em-up got four consolation prizes to make up for it, though, including Best Narrative for a plot with more holes than Valentine’s main street, so I guess that’s something.
Here’s the complete list of The Game Awards 2018 nominees with the winners in bold.