Despite becoming the trendiest game of the year, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds seemingly went home empty handed at The Game Awards this year. Or did it? Although the game earned several nominations and a much publicized map reveal, the one award Battlegrounds actually won that night went unannounced; The award for Best Multiplayer Game.
Host Geoff Keighley confirmed with Polygon that Battlegrounds did indeed win Best Multiplayer Game, beating out Destiny 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: World War II. Keighley apologized for the delayed reveal.
Battlegrounds didn't win any of the other awards it was nominated for including Best Ongoing Game (lost to Overwatch) and Game of the Year (lost to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild). But with a new map, a full PC launch date reveal, and a live-action trailer for the Xbox One version, PUBG Corp. still had a pretty good night for its first year at the Game Awards.
The Game Awards spent the night juggling between big game reveals and Award announcements. In some cases, award wins were snuck into quick announcements like for Injustice 2's Best Fighting Game win which came with the introduction of the game's director Ed Boon's entrance as a speaker.
Maybe next year, more award announcements can be embedded into the event to prevent mix-ups like this.