The Game Awards will be streamed live this Thursday, December 9. As always, the trophies and acceptance speeches will be stuck together by thick layers of sponsor glue: trailers, reveals, and appearances from celebrities,

including Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Retired Nintendo head Reggie Fils-Aime will also show up, but that’s just because of the magic talisman that binds his soul to the Game Awards stage. He literally cannot miss it.

The Game Awards are sort of like an off-season E3 conference, which is perhaps a backhanded compliment, since I mean that the trailers are a bigger deal than the awards—and Keighley has promised six “major” game reveals this year. But it does feel like the show’s cachet increases a little every year that it remains unchallenged as the biggest event of its kind. Nothing really competes.

As you’d expect from a big show with lots of nominators (PC Gamer is one publication among many on the Game Awards jury), the nominations are stacked with games that have broad appeal, such as Deathloop and Psychonauts 2. But hey, those are good games that might also appear in our own Game of the Year Awards.

The Game Awards 2021, the eighth edition of Geoff Keighley’s year-end showcase of big games both new and coming soon, begins Thursday, Dec. 9 with a pre-show at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST. The main event kicks off at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and runs for the next three hours.

You can watch this year’s gala right here, via YouTube. The Game Awards 2021 will also stream live on Twitch, Facebook Live, TikTok, Twitter, Steam, and other platforms.–177860707/–177860707/–177860707/

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