How to watch the Game Awards 2021 live stream Thursday night

Over the past eight years, the outsized presence of The Game Awards has only grown. They might not have the same cachet as the Oscars or the Grammys, but millions of viewers still tune in to watch them every year. In 2020, host and producer Geoff Keighley was forced to host a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, the live event returns to Microsoft Theater. You can watch live at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 9.

The 2021 Game Awards start December 9

On the one hand, the Game Awards celebrate all the hard working teams that create all of these exciting interactive worlds we spend so much time in. But then there are the revelations. It’s hard to deny that world premieres are the Game Awards’ biggest draw. In 2019, Microsoft actually announced the Xbox Series X on the show. This is how important this evening is to the industry.

Since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are only one year old, we don’t expect any new consoles tonight. That said, there will be plenty of gameplay reveals throughout the airing. Keighley says he’s actually been working with a team on a reveal slated for tonight for over two and a half years now. That alone is sure to intrigue many potential viewers.

The 2021 Game Awards start at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and you can watch them live here:

Game Awards 2021 award categories

Keighley and the rest of the presenters will be handing out awards for 30 categories tonight. You can see them all on the website, but here are some of the main categories:

Game of the year

  • Death loop
  • It takes two
  • Terror Metroid
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best story

  • Death loop
  • It takes two
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Psychonauts 2

Best performance

  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen (Life is Strange: True Colors)
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo (Far cry 6)
  • Jason Kelley as Colt Vahn (Death loop)
  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil Village)
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake (Death loop)

Best in progress

  • Apex Legends
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact
  • Call of Duty: War Zone

More reasons to watch the Game Awards

As always, Keighley has booked plenty of celebrities to present awards during the show. You can expect to see Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Simu Liu, Ashley Johnson, Ming-Na Wen, Will Arnett, Ashly Burch, and more. Sting will also perform his song “What could have been” from the original Netflix series. Esoteric. Imagine Dragons will also perform during the show.

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