Few things imitate childhood Christmas morning like waking up to an email saying that dozens of the games on your wishlist are on sale, and we’ll get to experience that soon as the Steam Winter sale 2018 kicks off tomorrow.

This was announced not on its own, but included in a the list of nominees for the Steam Awards 2018 as well.

People will be able to show their support for their favourite games and the people who make them by voting for their favourites. This voting opens on the same day as the sale: 20th December.

Aside from lending your voice to these games, voting will also net you some trading cards you can hang on to or sell to make a few extra cents to get that new game or item on the Steam marketplace.

Voting closes shop come 3rd January 2019 with winners being announced in early February.

While we won’t go through each category and each nominee (they’re all listed down below), we do want to point out two important things here.

Firstly, in the “Labor of Love” category, we sincerely hope Stardew Valley takes home the prize. Lone developer Eric Barone (who goes by “ConcernedApe”) has done a phenomenal job supporting this title post launch through porting it to Switch and adding multiplayer to the game.

Next is the “Best Developer” category which has Bethesda as a nominee. After the train wreck that is Fallout 76, Besthesda winning this category would be a massive slap in the face to every other nominee that didn’t release a broken mess of a game and didn’t try to swindle their customers with falsely advertised bags.

Our choice there would be Digital Extremes and their loving support for Warframe, but vote however you please (as long as it isn’t for Bethesda).

Best Alternate History
  • Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI
  • Fallout 4
Best Developer
  • CD PROJEKT RED
  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Paradox Interactive
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Klei
Best Environment
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • DARK SOULS™ III
Better with Friends
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • PAYDAY 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Overcooked! 2
Game of the Year
  • PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • HITMAN 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Labor of Love
  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley
Most Fun with a Machine
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Rocket League
  • NieR:Automata
  • Factorio
  • Space Engineers
VR Game of the Year
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • VRChat
  • Beat Saber
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • SUPERHOT VR