Lost Game Award For Celeste Discovered On eBay By Youtuber

The Game Awards is a big celebration for video games that takes place at the end of every year. Thousands of viewers watch it every year, which is why video game developers love to showcase their own games. It’s even better if your own game gets an award. Celeste was among the games that won in 2018 but apparently never got a real trophy. At least until a YouTuber accidentally hit eBay found it.

PrestigeIsKey, or Ryan B., YouTuber and streamer. He always wanted a copy of the Game Award trophy, so for the past five years, he’s been scouring eBay for one. He eventually came across a $500 ad that featured one. Offering $375, the seller accepted it and sent it to Ryan. The seller didn’t even deal in video games, and his other listings included car parts, mufflers, and engine components. Even in the description, the seller admitted that he had no idea where the trophy came from.

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When Ryan received the package, the trophy was not a replica. It turned out to be a real trophy that Extremely Ok Games won in 2018 at the Game Award for the best independent game with Celeste. He then contacted Heidi Motta, Operations Manager at Extremely Ok Games, and confirmed to her that Celeste’s developers never received the trophy.

Ryan decided to send the trophy back to its rightful owners, but not before unboxing video for it, which Motta agreed to let him do. The box itself has The Game Awards logo, and the inside of the box is lined in smooth black silk. Ryan also mentions that the trophy is heavier than it looks, with most of the weight concentrated at the base so it can hold the rest of the award. Also, he mentions that the wingtips of the trophy were more shaped than expected as they were wrapped in foam to protect people from the edges.

For his generosity, Ryan says that Extremely Ok Games will offer him signed copies of Celeste, as well as refund him the amount he paid for the eBay listing.

George Young is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey.


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