Gamers unite!

The Game Awards 2021 is happening next week, here to celebrate this year’s video game releases.

Prominent titles like Deathloop, Metroid Dread, and Resident Evil Village will be going head-to-head for the ceremony’s most prestigious award, Game of the Year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Game Awards 2021, including its categories and nominees, how to vote, performers, presenters, and when and where to watch.

What is the Game Awards?

The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes and upholds creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry.

The ceremony is known for bringing developers, gamers, and pop culture icons together to celebrate gaming as an inspiring form of entertainment.

Categories and nominees at the Game Awards 2021

There are 30 categories at The Game Awards 2021 that highlight video game titles, gaming personalities, and esports figures and events.

Game of the YearDeathloop
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Best Game DirectionDeathloop
It Takes Two
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Best NarrativeDeathloop
It Takes Two
Life is Strange: True Colors
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
Best Art DirectionThe Artful Escape
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Best Score and MusicThe Artful Escape
Cyberpunk 2077
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139
Best Audio DesignDeathloop
Forza Horizon 5
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Best PerformanceErika Mori as Alex Chen from Life is Strange: True Colors
Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo from Far Cry 6
Jason Kelley as Colt Vahn from Deathloop
Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village
Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake from Deathloop
Games for ImpactBefore Your Eyes
Boyfriend Dungeon
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Life is Strange: True Colors
No Longer Home
Best OngoingApex Legends
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Genshin Impact
Call of Duty: Warzone
Best Indie12 Minutes
Death’s Door
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Loop Hero
Best Mobile GameFantasian
Genshin Impact
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Marvel Future Revolution
Pokemon Unite
Best Community SupportApex Legends
Destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV Online
No Man’s Sky
Innovation in AccessibilityFar Cry 6
Forza Horizon 5
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
Best VR/ARHitman 3
I Expect You to Die 2
Lone Echo II
Resident Evil 4
Sniper Elite VR
Best Action GameBack 4 Blood
Chivalry II
Far Cry 6
Best Action/AdventureMarvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Best Role PlayingCyberpunk 2077
Monster Hunter Rise
Scarlet Nexus
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise
Best FightingKimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles
Guilty Gear Strive
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown
Best FamilyIt Takes Two
Mario Party Superstars
New Pokemon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Warioware: Get it Together!
Best Sim/StrategyAge of Empires IV
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Best Sports/RacingF1 2021
Forza Horizon 5
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Riders Republic
Best MultiplayerBack 4 Blood
Knockout City
It Takes Two
Monster Hunter Rise
New World
Content Creator of the YearDream
Best Debut IndieThe Artful Escape
The Forgotten City
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Most Anticipated GameElden Ring
God of War Ragnarök
Horizon Forbidden West
Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best Esports GameCall of Duty
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
League of Legends
Best Esports AthleteChris “Simp” Lehr of Atlanta FaZe
Heo “ShowMaker” Su of DWG KIA
Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov of Team Spirit
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev of Natus Vincere
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo of Sentinels
Best Esports TeamAtlanta FaZe in Call of Duty
DWG KIA in League of Legends
Natus Vincere in CS:GO
Sentinels in Valorant
Team Spirit in Dota 2
Best Esports CoachAirat “Silent” Gaziev of Team Spirit
Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov of Gambit Esports
Andrei “B1ad3” Horodenskyi of Natus Vincere
James “Crowder” Crowder of Atlanta FaZe
Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun of DWG KIA
Best Esports Event2021 League of Legends World Championship
The International 2021
PGL Major Stockholm 2021
PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

How to vote at the Game Awards 2021

Indicated Nominees tabs and Start Voting Button for The Game Awards 2021
Screenshot by Joseph Asuncion/ONE Esports

To vote for nominees at the Game Awards 2021, you must sign in on the official Game Awards website with either your Twitter, Facebook, Google, or Twitch account.

Once you’ve signed in, you can head to the Nominees tab and click on the “Start Voting” button to cast your votes for all 30 categories.

Performers and presenters at the Game Awards 2021

The Game Awards 2021 welcomes music artists Sting and Imagine Dragons as its featured live performers.

Sting will be performing his song “What Could Have Been” from the League of Legends animated series, Arcane. Imagine Dragons will likely perform their hit song “Enemy”, which is also the opening track of Arcane.

Gaming industry figure Reggie Fils-Aimé and Shang Chi star Simu Liu will appear as ceremony presenters.

When and where to watch the Game Awards 2021

The Game Awards 2021 will take place on December 9 at 4:30 p.m. PST | December 10 12:30 a.m. GMT | December 10 at 8:30 a.m. GMT+8.

You can watch the entire ceremony live on the official Twitch and YouTube channels of the Game Awards.

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