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The Game Awards 2021: How to Watch

The Game Awards 2021 will air live on Thursday, Dec. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The Game Awards 2021 will air live on Thursday, Dec. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. / Image courtesy of The Game Awards

The Game Awards 2021 will mark Geoff Keighley and co.'s eighth annual show recognizing and celebrating various strides made in the gaming industry over the past year with awards and musical performances, as well as some glimpses of what's to come in the form of world premieres.

Here's a breakdown of how to watch The Game Awards 2021.

The Game Awards 2021: How to Watch

On Dec. 9, The Game Awards will be returning to an in-person, invite-only event live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

As such, although public tickets will not be sold, The Game Awards will be streamed for free across all major streaming services, as well as encourages content creators to co-stream it if they so desire.

The show begins at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, with fans being able to tune in just about everywhere online, from the official The Game Awards website to YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.

This year’s Game of the Year nominees are Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda), It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA), Metroid Dream (Mercury Steam/Nintendo), Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios), Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE), and Resident Evil Village (Capcom).

Nominees for most categories of The Game Awards are chosen by an international jury of over 100 global media and influencer outlets, selected for their history of critical evaluation of video games.

Specialized juries also convene for other categories including esports and accessibility.

Winners are determined by a blended vote between the voting jury (90%) and public fan voting (10%). Fans can vote for their favorite games on TheGameAwards.com and social media platforms in select categories. Fan voting closes on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.