At the 2009 Video Game Awards (VGA), Capcom's Street Fighter 4 came away with Fighing Game of the Year Award. Other nominees for the award were BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny and Tekken 6.
Congratulations to Capcom and Street Fighter 4
This is my own personal opinion, but this is a well-deserved win. Whatever you personally think of Street Fighter 4 as a game, you cannot deny the impact this game has had. The fighting game genre had declined tremendously over the years prior to this game's release. Capcom took a risk as a company and spent the resources to put out a sequel which did what most fighting games prior to this failed to do: draw the mainstream gamer back into the genre. Not only that, but sales for the game showed companies that fighting games do not have to be a financial risk if done properly.
Fighting game fans owe this game a debt of gratitude, and both Capcom and Street Fighter 4 deserve this award. Congratulations to Capcom, but this year fighting game fans have won as well.