Horror Game Awards are a part of Feardemic's Fear Fest, the two-day online horror event that showcases upcoming horror games and celebrates the best horror games of the past year. The event is organized by horror games publisher Feardemic in partnership with IGN.

Feardemic's Fear Fest and Horror Game Awards are going to take place on September 6 and 7, 2023, and will be available to watch live exclusively on IGN's YouTube and Twitch channels starting at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern / 7 pm UK time.

The event will feature two main segments: Fear Fest: Black Summer and the Horror Game Awards. Fear Fest: Black Summer is a three-hour showcase of 30+ horror games coming from publishers such as THQ Nordic, Bloober Team, Raw Fury, and more. It will also include world premiere trailers, developer interviews, special guest appearances, and content creator reactions. The Horror Game Awards is a ceremony that honors the best horror games of the past year across 13 different categories + 1 special lifetime achievement award. The winners will receive a golden bat trophy and will be chosen by you - the gaming community through online voting. The event will feature exclusive announcements from Feardemic and other horror game developers.

You can participate in the event by watching it live on IGN's YouTube and Twitch channels and typing in chat (or catch up later by watching the VOD). You can also vote for your favorite horror games in the Horror Game Awards when the voting opens on July 20th. You can also follow Feardemic on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated and discover the Fear Fest line-up together with the community.

The deadline for voting in Horror Game Awards 2023 is August 3rd but don’t wait until the last day!

The nominated games were selected from the period of time between August 2022 and July 2023.


No, the winners will be announced at the Horror Game Awards gala on the 2nd day of Fear Fest - September 7th.

You can watch Horror Game Awards live exclusively on IGN's YouTube and Twitch channels starting at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern / 7 pm UK time.

Horror Game Awards will be broadcasted exclusively on IGN online, you cannot participate in person.

The 14 award categories are as follows:

  • Horror Game of the Year
  • Best Character of the Year
  • Best Narrative of the Year
  • Best Game Design
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Score/Soundtrack
  • Best Audio Design
  • Best Performance
  • Best Indie Horror
  • Best VR/AR
  • Best Horror Multiplayer
  • Best Horror Content Creator of the Year
  • Best Horror Trailer

...and a special Lifetime Achievement Award

A panel of horror experts at Feardemic who took into consideration both their personal experience with the games and the general public’s reception.

By you! The games with the most community votes win.

Maybe. 👀

No, go wild.

Yes, there will be a Steam and Epic Games Store sale running concurrently to the event.

To honor the contributions of people whose life’s work has left a mark on the horror games community.

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Yes, the winners in each category will receive an award in the form of a Golden Bat statuette.

Unfortunately no, however, the chat will be open during the broadcast but our team moderators will be in the chat to assist with any issues. There will also be a Game Awards Bingo. We will post the links as soon as they are available.

No. All games nominated in the HGA are compiled by a panel of experts and are not open for submissions. If you have upcoming games please submit them for consideration in The Black Summer event (https://fearfest.online).