The Writers Guild of America won’t award video game writing for the foreseeable future.
In a report from US Gamer, the Writers Guild of America won’t award video game writing until more games are made by its members.
“There won’t be a videogame writing category in 2020; however, the category will be reinstated when there is a critical mass of videogames covered by the WGA in order to provide a meaningful award selection process,” says a statement from the WGA to US Gamer.
Rumors of this started circulating when Mary Kenney, a writer at Insomniac Games, tweeted saying the WGA suspended the category.
Was just told the WGA suspended their Game Writing award category this year.
One step forward, seven steps back 🙄
— BloodyMary Kenney☠️🍹 (@maryknews) October 2, 2019
The Writers Guild of America is broken up into East and West divsions and they’re a labor union for writers in film and television among other fields.
At this year’s WGA awards, God of War won the writing award and was nominated alongside Marvel’s Spider-Man, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and Episode Five of Batman: The Enemy Within. Additionally, Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last of Us have also won the award in previous years.
The 2020 Writers Guild of America Awards will take place on February 1, 2020.