streamers Prestige is key was looking for a cool gaming souvenir the other day, but when he tried to buy a Game Awards trophy online, he got a lot more than he initially expected.
I’ve been trying to buy a Game Award replica for years as a trinket to put on his shelf and having had no luck thought he finally found one on eBay a couple of weeks ago. Only this one, oddly enough, wasn’t a replica; as PC gamer report it was a indeed Game Awards trophy presented on stage.
Curious as to what the heck was going on, Prestige asked where exactly the trophy came from, but the seller of the award — a retailer who doesn’t typically deal in video game merch andise or collectibles — couldn’t do much other than say it was over “liquidation sources” come. Suggesting the award winner may have gone out of business and the trophy was confiscated as part of the closure.
Anyway, it was a real trophy, something even cooler than the replica he was originally looking for, so Prestige bid on it and won:
When he received it – and having never seen one so “close” before, the weight of the thing (visible in the video at least) made me very comfortable – he was able to immediately identify where it had come from. The base of the trophy had the year, category and winner on it and huh.
Celeste was developed by Extremely OK Games, and they’re still in business, so Prestige contacted them to let them know he’d just bought their trophy. They were able to partially solve the mystery by surprisingly saying that they didn’t receive their award at all; Despite receiving it live on stage from Ninja, the show’s organizers took back the trophy shortly after, saying they would mail it to them after the show. But never.
So whoever was responsible for screwing things up somewhere along the way, meaning Extremely OK Games could say they’d won a game award for four whole years without ever actually being able to show it (TO UPDATE: I forgot that they actually won two that night, this one and “Games For Impact”).
Now that he owns someone else’s prize, Prestige has decided to send the trophy to the developers of Celeste, who will refund him the cost of the auction and postage, and send him some autographed copies Celeste in return.