For devs, these awards (voted on by 38 judges) offer interesting perspective on which games showed well at E3.
This year Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom, Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and MachineGames' Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus came out on top, with four award nominations each.
Notably, Nintendo's own Mario Odyssey only netted 3 nominations, putting it one behind Mario + Rabbids. Both games were nominated for "Best of Show", "Best Console Game" and "Best Original Game", but Rabbids netted a fourth nod for "Best Strategy Game."
Those interested can find a full list of award nominations (spanning everything from "Best Independent Game" to "Best Family/Social Game") over on the Game Critics Awards website. To be eligible, games reportedly had to have demos that were playable for at least 5 minutes available for judges to evaluate at E3.