The Game Awards 2021 are just around the corner and are not only intended to celebrate the best games of the past year, but also to give a glimpse into the future with world premieres and updates not just on some of the most anticipated titles for PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch, PC and beyond, but also TV shows and films based on games.
IGN carries the stream and as always, this watch guide gives you everything you need to know to watch the show including how to start, a list of places to watch it with us, and what to expect at the Show.
The best games of 2021
When are the Game Awards?
The Game Awards 2021 will take place on Thursday, December 9th, and will Starts at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET with a pre-show. If you tune in from the UK or Australia it means Friday December 10th at 12:30 PM GMT / 10:30 AM AEST. The main show starts 30 minutes later once the pre-show has ended.
Where to see the 2021 Game Awards
If you’d like to watch the Game Awards 2021, we’ll host the stream here and on our many channels on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and more. Here is the full list of places to watch the show with us:
What to expect at the Game Awards 2021
The Game Awards 2021, once again hosted by its creator Geoff Keighley, promises awards, first-look world premieres and new game announcements, as well as musical performances, including The Game Awards Orchestra.
Speaking of world premieres and announcements of new games, the ceremony will announce a “double-digit” number of new games. Keighley expects there will be 40 to 50 games total on the show, “kind of,” including the games that will be released in 2022 and 2023.
Keighley also teased that one of these world premieres was in the works, “with a developer for 2.5 years”.
The Game Awards are exciting for many reasons, one of the biggest being that almost anything can be announced. In the past we’ve watched the Xbox Series X reveal, a teaser for the new Mass Effect, an exciting new look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and more.
The nominees for the Game Awards 2021
There will also be trailers for TV shows and movies based on games, which means we could very well get another look at HBO’s The Last of Us series or another look at Tom Holland’s Uncharted.
One thing we know the show won’t have is the divisive concept of NFTs, as Keighley acknowledged, “We don’t do NFT stuff.”
The show itself will again be in person and by invitation only, but those who wish to share the experience with their audience will have the opportunity to become official co-streamer. You can Sign up here If you do, your stream may even be featured on the Game Awards website.
As for the awards themselves, there will be 30 categories of games of all kinds, and all of them will lead to the announcement of the 2021 Game of the Year. This year this honor has the chance to participate in Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart or Resident Evil Village.