The release of CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t the only attention-grabber happening on December 10. The Game Awards goes live on the same day and is all-virtual this time around as the world continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There are 30 categories to get through, including the coveted Game of the Year award that games like Hades and The Last of Us Part II are competing for. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s The Game Awards, including start time, where to watch, and what to expect.
The Game Awards Start Time
This year’s The Game Awards goes live earlier than usual. Instead of typically occurring in the evening, the livestream kicks off on Thursday, December 10 with a pre-show that starts at 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET. The main event takes place just 30 minutes later.
- US West Coast: 4 PM PTUS East Coast: 7 PM ETUK: 12 AM GMT (December 11)Sydney, Australia: 11 AM AET (December 11)
Where To Watch The Game Awards
The Game Awards will be livestreamed on all the usual places, including the company’s official Twitch and YouTube channels. The award ceremony can also be viewed on Facebook Live, Oculus Venues, and Twitter. We here at GameSpot will stream The Game Awards through the livestream above and on YouTube.
The Game Awards Nominees
The nominees for this year’s The Game Awards have been announced, with Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II leading with an impressive 10 nominations. Competing against The Last of Us Part II for the highly sought-after Game of the Year award include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, and Hades. There are 30 categories in total to get through, with games such as Hades appearing in a lot of them.
The Game Awards Expectations
The Game Awards has become known for its assortment of announcements, and this year is no different. There will be the unveiling of a “special look” at Dragon Age 4, an announcement of the new Fall Guys map, and the reveal of Striking Distance Studios’s first game. Microsoft’s Halo Infinite won’t make an appearance, but The Game Awards should dazzle at least a little.
Activision plans to showcase the first-look at Season 1 of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, where we will see the new Warzone map Rebirth Island and playable operator. Further, a brand-new look at Neir Replicant will go live during the pre-show. Those looking for deals can hit up the Epic Game Store to get discounts on games, including those nominated.
The Game Awards Presenters
The Game Awards is expected to feature a plethora of big-name guests, including A-list Hollywood celebrities some might not expect. Familiar faces, like Reggie Fils-Aime and Troy Baker, will show up. But others alongside them include Christopher Nolan and Nolan North.
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