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The Game Awards 2023: 350+ Grads Credited on Nominated Projects

Grads contributed to winning projects in categories including Game of the Year, Best Adaptation, Best Art Direction, and more at the annual awards show.

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The 2023 Game Awards recently celebrated the year’s biggest releases on PC, console, mobile, and VR/AR platforms, giving recognition to the technical and creative excellence of game studios and developers around the globe. With roles at some of the year’s most celebrated studios, Full Sail graduates demonstrated the value of their education, with more than 350 grads credited on 31 nominated projects in 22 categories.

Presented on December 7, the annual awards show reflected on another great year in gaming, especially for the long-awaited release from Larian Studios, Baldur’s Gate 3. Taking home the coveted Game of the Year award, Baldur’s Gate 3 was also the winner in the categories for Best RPG, Best Performance, and Best Multiplayer Presented by Discord. Grads who studied games, music and recording, and art and design at Full Sail were credited on the award-winning project in roles including Senior and Lead Animator, Senior Sound Designer, and Influencer Relations.

In total, 35 graduates contributed to nine winning projects in 15 categories including Best Narrative and Best Game Direction (Alan Wake 2), Best Score and Music (Final Fantasy XVI), Best Audio Design (Hi-Fi Rush), Innovation in Accessibility (Forza Motorsport), and in Best Ongoing Game and Best Community Support (Cyberpunk 2077).

Graduates who studied in a variety of creative and technical degree programs at Full Sail were credited on winning titles in roles such as Senior Artist, UI Art Lead, Cinematic Artist, Release Manager, Gameplay Animation, and more.

But it wasn’t only grads with a background in gaming who represented Full Sail at the Game Awards. Grads who studied film and television contributed to the Best Adaptation winner (HBO’s The Last of Us) in roles including Visual Effects Coordinator, Senior Technical Director, and Data Wrangler.

Grads across degree programs also saw nominations for their work on several of the year’s biggest releases including Best Action/Adventure nominees Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Resident Evil 4, and category winner The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Grads also contributed to nominated projects including Dead Space, Apex: Legends, Starfield, Dredge, and Valorant.