The winners of Japan Game Awards 2022 were announced at Tokyo Game Show 2022. One title received the highest recognition among others. Elden Ring won the most prestigious Grand Award at the Japanese award-giving ceremony.
Japan Game Awards is an annual award ceremony that takes place inside Tokyo Game Show. The Japanese public voted for outstanding games released in the previous fiscal year that ran from April 1 the previous year to March 31. The judging panel would then determine the top ten games suitable to win the Awards for Excellence and the best title among them to win the Grand Award.
While the event also gives awards based on sales performances, it also included a couple of special awards. The Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award is one such example that the Japanese minister directly presents to an outstanding individual. From Software’s president, Hidetaka Miyazaki, won the award in the 2022 edition.
The Game Designers Award is another special prize given by a group of top Japanese game creators. The Super Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai leads the group, which also includes PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya, NieR series creator Yoko Taro, and Capcom’s Shu Takumi of Ace Attorney fame. Inscryption won the Game Designers Award for the latest iteration.
Here’s the complete list of award winners in Japan Game Awards 2022.
- Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award: Hidetaka Miyazaki
- Global Award Japanese Product: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
- Global Award Foreign Product: Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Best Sales Award: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
- Game Designers Award honorable mentions:
- 7 Days to End With You
- Needy Streamer Overload
- Game Designers Award winner: Inscryption
- Awards for Excellence:
- Resident Evil Village
- Sky: Children of the Light
- Tales of Arise
- Lost Judgment
- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Elden Ring
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Grand Award: Elden Ring
The 2021 edition had an unusual occurrence where two games shared the highest Grand Award. The judges gave the award to Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise and Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima.
Elden Ring, the winner of Grand Award in Japan Game Awards 2022, is available worldwide on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. Check out Siliconera’s review of the game.