The Gayming Awards describes itself as the world’s first and only award ceremony celebrating all that is great about LGBTQ video gaming. Launched in 2021, it set out to celebrate the achievements within global gaming culture that represent and champion the LGBTQ experience.
Deck Nine’s Life Is Strange: True Colors won Game Of The Year while its protagonist Alex Chen won Best LGBTQ Character Award. The title also walked away with the Authentic Representation Award.
Oh, this makes us so, so happy. Bi rep was a key part of our game, so we're thrilled to be recognized for that, and especially alongside our wonderful fellow nominees! 💗💜💙 https://t.co/uDI03WeQp1
— Unpacking 📦 Out NOW! (@UnpackingALife) April 25, 2022
Speaking about the awards, Robin Gray, CEO and founder of Gayming Magazine said: “Representation both in game and in the industry is critically important now more than ever. As the LGBTQ community is being attacked, divided and silenced, we owe it to the next generation of LGBTQ people to be seen in the games they love. It’s my honour to be able to stand here and bring us all together to lift each other up and celebrate queer excellence.”
“The whole LGBTQIA2+ community is one big family united under one fabulous umbrella and we must stand together as dark forces seek to divide us. Let me say this very clearly, there is no LGB without the T,” Gray added.
Below is the full list of winners from the 2022 Gayming Awards:
- Game of the Year – Life is Strange: True Colors
- Gayming Magazine Readers’ Award – Resident Evil Village
- Gayming Icon Award – Tanya DePass
- Industry Diversity Award – Ukie‘s #RaiseTheGame pledge
- Authentic Representation Award – Life is Strange: True Colors
- Best LGBTQ Character Award – Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True Colors
- Best LGBTQ Indie Game Award – Unpacking
- LGBTQ Streamer of the Year – Aimsey
- Best LGBTQ Contribution to Esports – Emi “CaptainFluke” Donaldson
- LGBTQ Tabletop Game Award – Adventuring With Pride: Queer We Go Again
- Best LGBTQ Comic Book Moment – The Pride Omnibus
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