Steam sales may be a long running tradition, but the awards aspect is relatively new,. Back then, they were a little tongue in cheek, featuring categories like "Villain Most In Need Of A Hug," and "Best Use Of A Farm Animal." This year seems a bit more straightforward, with categories for Game of the Year, Best Developer and Better with Friends.
There's also some fuzzy math involved -- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may have officially hit version 1.0 this year, but thanks to Steam Early Access, it's been available since 2017.
Either way, here's the full list of contenders and categories:
Nominees for Game of the Year
Monster Hunter: World
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Nominees for VR Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Fallout 4 VR
Nominees for Labor of Love
No Man's Sky
Path of Exile
Nominees for Best Environment
Nominees for Better with Friends
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Dead by Daylight
Nominees for Best Alternate History
Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
Hearts of Iron IV
Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Nominees for Best Developer
CD Projekt Red
Digital Extremes Ltd.
Bandai Namco Entertainment
As for the Steam Sale, Valve hasn't given any official clues as to what the discounts will be -- but it wouldn't be too much of a surprise to see some of the award nominees go on sale during the week.