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'Fortnite' Has Been Named 'Ultimate Game Of The Year'

'Fortnite' Has Been Named 'Ultimate Game Of The Year'

Every game designer wants their work to take home the prestigious title of 'Ultimate Game of the Year' at the Golden Joystick Awards, however only one can take the top spot and this year it was Epic Games' Fortnite.

The multi-console online game has been one of the most popular games of the last 12 months, since its release in 2017, but was thought to be going head to head against Red Dead Redemption 2 for the top spot at the awards ceremony.

'Fortnite' Named Game Of The Year. Credit: Epic Games
'Fortnite' Named Game Of The Year. Credit: Epic Games

The awards, that took place in London on November 16 and were hosted by Danny Wallace, saw a whole host of games take home a prize for their designers and companies and alongside the winning 'Ultimate Game of the Year', Fortnite won the 'Best Competitive Game' award.

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A representative from Epic Games - dressed as Fortnite's Cuddle Team Leader skin, of course - accepted the award and gave an emotional speech.

They said: "Wow, excuse me for a minute. It's truly an honour on behalf of the team. Among such an amazing group of peers, and a bunch of games that I'm still working through on my list to be honest; it's incredible. Thank you to all the players and especially thank you to the bus driver. Cheers."

Fortnite has taken gamers by storm when it sold five million copies in only three months from its release - a free-to-play Battle Royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing and is said to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars to Epic Games each month.

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These aren't the only 2018 wins for Epic Games, they've taken home three other awards at previous ceremonies in 2018 and are nominated for four at The Game Awards 2018.

Red Dead Redemption 2 wasn't left out, they did take home the 'Critics Choice Award' and Fortnite wasn't the only game to take home two awards, God of War not only took home the 'Best Storytelling Award' but also 'PlayStation Game of The Year'.

'Fortnite' Named Game Of The Year. Credit: Epic Games
'Fortnite' Named Game Of The Year. Credit: Epic Games

Along with the games, the ceremony also awarded the '2018 Lifetime Achievement' to Hidetaka Miyazaki. Hidetaka is the president of From Software and producer/director on the Dark Souls games, Bloodborne, and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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In the press statement Hidetaka said: "To receive such a prestigious award from the Golden Joysticks fills me with great surprise and a sense of great honour. I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has played, enjoyed and appreciated our games.

"Rather than myself, this award goes to the many people who have built these games with me and shared their passion with me over the years."

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: red dead redemption 2, epic games, fortnite, World News, UK News, UK Entertainment

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