The Game Awards 2016 is upon us and the nominee list was revealed last week.
Last week, The Game Awards announced their 2016 lineup of nominees. The list featured a good number of games, voice actors, and more. For the first time, a new category was created “Best Fan Creation.” In total, there were four nominees: Brutal Doom 64, Enderal: The Shards of Order, Pokemon Uranium, and AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake).
Unfortunately, an update today reported that two of the nominees were removed from the list: Pokemon Uranium and AM2R. What do they have in common? The games were “shut down” by Nintendo. Also, they shared the fact that they are based off two of the most fruitful franchise: Pokemon and Metroid.
Now, there are no official statement provided by either parties. Follower suggest that the removal originated from Nintendo’s strong objection for the unauthorized usage of their intellectual property. Earlier, we mentioned that Nintendo shut down the games. Project AM2R was issued a DMCA following the launch back in August. As for Pokemon Uranium, the developers never got an actual notice. However, the various sites hosting the download of the game received a takedown notice from the publisher. When that happened, the game was already downloaded well over 1.5 million times.
It is unfortunate to have the games removed from the The Game Awards nominee list. Does that mean that they will be forgotten and not spoken of during the event? I doubt it. Knowing Geoff Keighley, we might hear more about that fiasco when the show goes live Thursday, December 1 at the Microsoft Theater.
Don’t miss the show! If you are a fan, you will be pleased to hear that Legendary Game Creator Hideo Kojima will receive the Industry Icon Award. He will return on stage for a very special tribute.
For more information, please take some time to visit the event’s official website at TheGameAwards.com.