The annual PlayStation Partner Awards are a bit of an oddity, as they celebrate sales as opposed to critical success. The shindig – hosted by Sony’s Japanese division for decades now – is designed to reward publishing partners for their commercial success on PlayStation platforms, so it’s more than just a corporate event. sports awards.
Nevertheless, the two big winners this year were Alden Ring and Genshin Impact, both of which were awarded the Grand Award. To clarify what this gong entails, it is attributed to the games developed in Japan and Asia with the highest sales worldwide from October 2021 to September 2022.
Partner Awards went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles, Final Fantasy XIV, Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2, Resident Evil Village, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Dual. Again, this award is reserved for Japanese and Asian developed products with “top-ranking worldwide sales” and “particularly noteworthy activity results” in the aforementioned period.
Apex Legends won a special award for being an internationally developed product with significant sales in Japan and Asia, while Gran Turismo 7 was acknowledged with a similar gong for its success as a PS Studio product. In the Users’ Choice category, which is a fan vote based on a short list of playtimes, Earth Defense Force 6, Alden Ring, Ghostwire Tokyo, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins, and Stray won.
So yes, all the criteria are pretty arbitrary, but we’ve always gotten the impression that this event is more about schmoozing than anything else. Also serious
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