Update: We incorrectly reported that the show began at 8 p.m. EST, and added reference to the pre-show that begins a half hour before the main event.
In 2014, gaming industry heavyweight Geoff Keighley took over the mantle of hosting the world’s premiere video game award show. Calling it, simply, The Game Awards, the show is now on its fifth year, and promises to once again play host to world exclusive reveals, all new game details, first looks, and special guests.
The full list of nominees spans dozens of categories covering every possible aspect of the industry. Categories from Best Shooter to Best Esports Coach are in there, and there are a few such as Best Student Game and Best Debut Indie Game that really shine a spotlight on the up-and-comers in our industry.
While we’re all rooting for our favourite games and developers to be given the recognition they deserve, the big ticket at the show will be to see what world premiere content will be shown off. At the very first Game Awards in 2014, Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo showed off the first extended gameplay footage from what we would only later discover to be known as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was a huge reveal for the industry, and put The Game Awards on the map for big reveals at the show.
In the years since Nintendo’s reveal, The Game Awards has played host to reveals of Shadows Die Twice, In The Valley of Gods, Soul Calibur 6, and allowed Hideo Kojima a platform to triumphantly return to the gaming spotlight after the Konami debacle. Oh, and then there was also Telltale’s Batman, Far Cry Primal and Uncharted 4 gameplay, a bit of No Man’s Sky, Death Stranding concept video, and of course, a few more glimpses at Breath of the Wild and its DLC over the years.
What will we see this year? We don’t know yet, but we do know more than three dozen ways you can find out.
The Game Awards will be streaming on over 40 (yes, forty) video platforms around the world, including YouTube (4K UHD), Twitter, Xbox Live, PlayStation Live Events Viewer, IGN, GameSpot, and Mixer, among many others. International audiences will see the live show with translations on RocketBeans (Germany), KingKong (Taiwan), GoodGame and VK (Russia), and OpenRec and NicoNico (Japan), among others. You can view the full list of international sources for The Game Awards here.
The Game Awards 2018 goes down on Thursday, December 6th at 9:00 p.m. EST, with pre-show beginning at 8:30 p.m.