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First LGBT-Focused Gayming Awards Reveals 2021 Winners

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As the world's first awards show dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in video games, The Gayming Awards reveals the winners for its inaugural event.

p>While LGBTQ+ organizations may occasionally focus on video games, like with the GLAAD Media Awards, there has yet to be a whole awards show focused on the LGBTQ+ community in video games. The inaugural Gayming Awards premiered today, and revealed the winners across nine different gaming categories, from a group of 50 nominees.

The Gayming Awards is presented by Gayming Magazine, a UK-based magazine that focuses on the LGBTQ+ community in video games. With 2020 being one of the biggest years for LGBTQ+ representation in video games, the show aims to celebrate developers, streamers, and other artists in the video game world dedicated to inclusion. The show received some big-name sponsors as well, with the show itself being sponsored by EA Games, and other companies such as Xbox, PlayStation, and Twitch sponsoring certain categories.

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Gamers will recognize many of the titles nominated, as games like Hades, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and The Last of Us Part 2 have made an appearance in many awards shows already. For those that didn't have a chance to watch The Gayming Awards 2021, here are all the nominees and winners.

Gayming Awards 2021 Winners

Game of the Year - Sponsored by EA Games

Animal Crossing

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Hades (WINNER)

Tell Me Why

Gayming Magazine Readers Award - Sponsored by PlayStation

Animal Crossing

Baldur’s Gate 3

Crusader Kings III

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Hades (WINNER)

If Found…

Kentucky Route Zero Act V

Paradise Killer

Tell Me Why

The Last of Us Part II

Best LGBTQ Indie Game - Sponsored by Xbox

A Summer’s End

Ace in Space

Errant Kingdom

If Found… (WINNER)

Ikenfell

Murder by Numbers

LGBTQ Streamer of the Year - Sponsored by Twitch

BiggusBennus

BiqtchPuddin

CypherOfTyr

DEERE (WINNER)

Eevolicious

FoxQueen

IamBrandon

J0hnJ0hnn

LittleLegsTV

MermaidQueenJude

MeteorMatt

MiaByte

Psyche

QueerGod

Authentic Representation Award - Sponsored by Green Man Gaming

Hades

Later Daters

Tell Me Why (WINNER)

The Last of Us Part II

Best LGBTQ Character - Sponsored by Rocksteady Studios

Andrea Rhodea – Final Fantasy VII Remake

Ellie – The Last of Us Part 2

Sir Hammerlock & Wainwright Jakobs – Borderlands 3: Guns, Love & Tentacles

Tyler Ronan – Tell Me Why (WINNER)

Best LGBTQ Narrative - Sponsored by Hangar 13

Borderlands 3: Guns, Love & Tentacles

If Found… (WINNER)

Tell Me Why

The Last of Us Part II

Industry Diversity Award - Sponsored by Square Enix

I Need Diverse Games (WINNER)

Rainbow Arcade

Rainbow Game Jam

Ukie: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment

The Gayming Awards opened with a hilarious act from stand-up comedian Suzi Ruffell, who went on the host the show. Game developer Robert Yang was also presented with the Gayming Icon Award for his work across several games that sparked important conversations. Presenters and representatives for the category winners gave inspiring comments throughout the show and spoke to some much-needed progress in the gaming industry.

Congratulations are in order for all the winners. Many leaders in the gaming industry support representation in all its forms, and it's great to see a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in this area. It will be interesting to see what 2021 games end up nominated at next year's show.

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Source: GaymingMag

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