Supergiant’s hit roguelike Hades has become the first video game ever to win a Hugo Award. The Hugo Awards have traditionally recognized the best science fiction and fantasy works, but the award was extended to video games last year with the introduction of the Best Video Game category.
Hades competed against other 2020 releases including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Blaseball, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Spiritfarer and The Last of Us: Part 2.
“Video game storytelling has come a long way over the years,” said Greg Kasavin, the writer and creative director at Supergiant. “You can really inhabit these worlds and see how it reacts to your every move, and at Supergiant we’ve tried to marry the traditions of fantasy and science fiction literature with that unique interactive component.”
Wish I could have attended the #HugoAwards in person. I wasn’t able to make an acceptance speech there on behalf of the team though did have a few words here. I’m grateful that the awards are recognizing work in this category, much less the work we did! pic.twitter.com/S9bfSp1i8H
— Greg Kasavin (@kasavin) December 19, 2021
Kasavin also said he hopes that the Hugo Awards will continue to recognize outstanding video games, but we are yet to see if the Best Video Game category will become permanent.