The recent announcement of The Game Awards nominees by Geoff Keighley has caught the attention of the gaming community, particularly due to the absence of Hogwarts Legacy. Despite its significant commercial success and reputation as possibly the best Harry Potter video game, it failed to secure a nomination in any of the events categories.
Released in February 2023, Hogwarts Legacy quickly gained popularity, selling over 12 million copies in its first two weeks and reaching a total of 15 million copies sold. This success translated into a staggering $1 billion in gross revenue, highlighting the game’s widespread appeal and the enduring popularity of the Harry Potter universe.
Despite its commercial success, the game did not receive any recognition at The Game Awards, and fans have been discussing the lack of nominations for Hogwarts Legacy. Some believe that the game was overlooked to sidestep potential backlash from certain groups on social media platforms like Twitter. While not a top contender for Game of the Year, it could have been a strong nominee in categories such as Best Score & Music, Best Community Support, and Best Action/Adventure Game.
The Game Awards, an annual celebration of the best in video gaming, will take place at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on December 7, 2023, at 4:30 PM PT. Tickets for the public will be available for purchase later this fall.
Despite its commercial success and large fan base, the game did not make the cut for an industry event as significant as The Game Awards. This decision has left many fans disappointed and has initiated conversations about the balance between gaming culture, social media influence, and industry recognition.