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The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now over - here's the winners

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The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now over, there were thousands of votes across many categories and we have the winners in so it's time to show the top five for each group. All groups are ordered from highest to lowest votes but it's safe to say they're all popular.

Starting off with the FOSS categories:

Favourite FOSS Project

Proton (Compatibility tool)
Godot Engine


Favourite FOSS game engine reimplementation

ZDoom (GZDoom)


Favourite FOSS game

0 A.D.
Battle for Wesnoth


Best visual style for a FOSS game

0 A.D.
Red Eclipse 2


Now we're going to move onto the "Support" section of the voting:

Best DLC release of 2019

Surviving Mars: Green Planet
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Road to the Black Sea


Best update received in 2019

Black Mesa
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Long Dark
Slay the Spire


Favourite long-term supported game

Dying Light
Stardew Valley
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Euro Truck Simulator 2


Now we're moving onto the main categories which is where it gets quite exciting!

Favourite Developer

Feral Interactive
Ethan Lee
Paradox Development Studio
Klei Entertainment


Best game release of 2019 to play with your kids

Shotgun Farmers
Streets of Rogue
Knights And Bikes


Best short game of 2019

Dicey Dungeons
A Short Hike
Space Mercs
Hive Time


Best storytelling from 2019

Life is Strange 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Trüberbrook - A Nerd Saves the World
Little Misfortune


Most impressive soundtrack in a 2019 release

Life is Strange 2
Ion Fury
Slay the Spire
Dicey Dungeons


Most innovative gameplay for a 2019 release

Baba Is You
Slay the Spire
Oxygen Not Included
Dicey Dungeons
X4: Foundations


Most promising Early Access game for Linux available in 2019

Black Mesa
Jupiter Hell
Dota Underlords
Last Epoch


Overall best visual style for a game release in 2019

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Ion Fury
Oxygen Not Included
X4: Foundations
A Short Hike


Absolute favourite game for Linux released in 2019

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Slay the Spire
Ion Fury
Oxygen Not Included
Life is Strange 2


Our GOTY Page will be kept open for a while for those who wish to see the full details.

Some seriously hot competition across the categories included this year! Congratulations to all the winners and to every single item nominated.

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared the page around. It's always a good bit of fun to see what people have enjoyed the most. See you again next year for another round and let's see if we can make a bigger splash. We are planning a few changes for next time too, both categories (fewer and more focused) and the mechanics of it.

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einherjar 9 Feb, 2020
Quoting: PatolaYay! X4: Foundations appearing in two categories... :D

Yes, a great game. But TBH I am wondering, why it in the "Most innovative gameplay for a 2019 release".

I would have been happy to see it in the "Absolute favourite game for Linux released in 2019" - all the games there, are not that interesting to me.
Salvatos 9 Feb, 2020
Quoting: GuestI abstained from voting in several categories because i play too few games to have a good overall idea of what games are better than others.
At the end of the day, these types of awards are just popularity contests anyway. I didn’t know anything about most of the games listed, nor why they were suggested for any particular category. I assume the same is true to some degree for most people.
g000h 9 Feb, 2020
Just want to say that I'm sorry I neither nominated nor voted on any of these games. I have a reason for that: It is that I don't play enough recent games titles or enough variety of games to feel I can make a good and meaningful contribution. The only contribution I feel I can make is when I've played a game for a decent amount of time, and then feel that it is worth recommending to others.

Over the past year, 2019, I've played these native Linux games which I'd recommend:

Slay The Spire
Fate Hunters
FTL: Faster Than Light
7 Days To Die
Crypt of the Necrodancer
Dicey Dungeons
Tesla vs Lovecraft
omer666 9 Feb, 2020
To be honest, I didn't vote this year because most things I've been playing were on Proton+DXVK. Truly groundbreaking technology, it deserves its first place as the most meaningful open source project of the year!

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Ehvis 10 Feb, 2020
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Quoting: omer666To be honest, I didn't vote this year because most things I've been playing were on Proton+DXVK. Truly groundbreaking technology, it deserves its first place as the most meaningful open source project of the year!

It's a slightly difficult one though. Proton is not just its own project, but the result of quite a few others. Including the very important part, the Steam client that had it integrated for easy use. I voted DXVK myself because I found it technically impressive and I believe that it was a catalyst for a lot of development. In fact, I doubt Proton would have existed without it.
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