The First Steam Awards Winners List Revealed

The first Steam Awards winners have been announced for all twelve categories. Steam users were responsible for creating the list and voting for their favorites. This event took place from December 22nd, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017. Each day, there was a specific category where users could vote for one game out of the five chosen ones.

The First Steam Awards Winners List
The First Steam Award Winners
Category NameWinnerOther Participants
Villain Most In Need Of A HugPortal 2
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Far Cry 4
  • Far Cry 3
I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An AwardEuro Truck Simulator 2
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Unturned
  • Paladins
Test of TimeSkyrim
  • Team Fortress 2
  • SM Civilization V
  • Terraria
  • Age of Empires II HD
Just 5 More MinutesCS:GO
  • SM Civilization VI
  • Fallout 4
  • Terraria
  • Rocket League
Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!GTA V
Game Within A GameGTA V
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Garry’s Mod
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Tabletop Simulator
I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My EyeThe Walking Dead
  • Life is Strange: EP1
  • This War of Mine
  • Undertale
  • To the Moon
Best Use Of A Farm AnimalGoat Simulator
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Stardew Valley
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Blood and Bacon
Boom BoomDoom
  • Just Cause 3
  • Broforce
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Love/Hate RelationshipDark Souls III
  • Dota 2
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Geometry Dash
Sit Back and RelaxEuro Truck Simulator 2
  • Cities: Skylines
  • ABZU
  • Viridi
  • Mini Metro
Better With FriendsLeft 4 Dead 2
  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Gang Beasts
  • Magicka
  • Golf With Your Friends

Although the Category names are somewhat strange, there is a full description for them down below. You can see it all on the steam official page.

Category NameDescription
Villain Most In Need Of A HugSome people just need a hug.
I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An AwardThis title didn’t have a huge marketing machine behind it, but you found it and loved it. Then you told your friends about it. And they loved it. And now that little game that could is about to win an award… but always remember: you totally found it first.
Test of TimeThis award is for the game that is just as good today as the day you first played it.
Newer games may come out, but it doesn’t matter… you’ll always come back to play this one.
Just 5 More MinutesYou have an early day tomorrow. You need to get some sleep, so you’re just going finish one more thing before you decide to tuck in for the night.
Just one more. Wait, one more.
What’s that you say? It’s 2:30 AM? This award is for the game that keeps you playing late.
Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!Some games melt your face. Maybe it was a crazy plot twist. Maybe you just got your wisdom teeth removed.
Either way, this game BLOWS YOUR MIND.
Game Within A GameKinder Eggs. Peanut Butter Cups. Jelly Donuts. All great things stuffed with other great things.
Like a mighty turducken, this award celebrates the best mini game hidden within another game.
I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My EyeGames are fun. But sometimes games become more than that, and touch you in a way you weren’t expecting. This award celebrates the game that blindsided you emotionally.
You weren’t expecting to cry.
It wasn’t in the plan. But it happened none the less.
Best Use Of A Farm AnimalAnimals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. However this game used a farm animal in the best way possible.
Boom BoomLet’s face it: explosions are pretty great. In a blockbuster movie they’re thrilling. In a celebration with fireworks they’re beautiful. And when they’re behind a cop putting on sunglasses they’re nothing short of glorious.
These games understand the fine art of detonation.
Love/Hate Relationship“Games are just supposed to be fun!”… oh sweet summer child, your naivety is adorable. Games can be more than fun. They can be challenges that demand perfection. These games are punishing gauntlets that make you question your very skill… a crucible that will push you either to greatness or a breaking point. You will wake up family members as you scream. Words will come out of your mouth that would make your mom blush. Your chill friends will ask you “why do you play something that stresses you out”… and you will stare at them with steely eyes and reply, “Because I love it.”
Sit Back and RelaxDid you read the description for the “Love/Hate Relationship” Award?
This is the opposite.
Better With FriendsThere are some games out there that just aren’t the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in their back.
Either way, mirth is awaiting those that gather friends to play these games.
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