Belgian video game takes multiple prizes


Baldur’s Gate 3, the role-playing game published earlier this year by Larian Studios, has won an impressive seven Golden Joystick awards.

The game proved to be all the rage when it was released, topping the charts right from the start. A quick refresher for those who haven’t played it (yet), the game follows the adventures of a main character who manages to escape captivity when a flying ship falls under attack. You know, pretty standard stuff.

Now, Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke can forever hold his head high as he takes home six golden joysticks for best studio, storytelling, visual design, and gaming community, as well as PC game of the year and Ultimate Game of the Year. Voice actor Neil Newbon won Best Supporting Performer for his role as Astarion. That makes seven golden joysticks for one game. Vincke must feel a little like Adele right now.

Such a major win at an awards ceremony is a beautiful recognition for a company born “in a small office in Ghent”. Up until now, the studio was best known for its Divinity series but, given the success of Baldur’s Gate 3, that just might change.

We can’t wait to discover what the future has in store for Larian Studios. Warm congratulations to Swen and to the whole company!