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The entertainment industry is full of award ceremonies, and gaming is no exception. Countless outlets and organizations give out awards for what they believe are the cream of the crop, but the biggest gaming awards show of them all has to be The Game Awards.
The Game Awards is the brainchild of journalist Geoff Keigley and the spiritual successor to the often woeful Spike Video Game Awards. Audiences have tuned in to watch The Game Awards since it started in 2014, and the event has been running strong ever since. Each year, The Game Award pulls in more and more viewers, and given the quality of 2022’s biggest releases, the ceremony stands a chance of breaking records yet again. Viewers can expect to see titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Stray, Elden Ring, and God of War: Ragnarok duking it out for various awards, including the coveted “Game of the Year” trophy.
Since you’ll probably want to join in on the fun, here is everything you need to know about this year’s Game Awards ceremony.
The Game Awards 2022 Start Time and Date
When The Game Awards began, it always aired the first Thursday of December. Several years into its run, though, the ceremony switched to the second Thursday of December. This year’s show will follow that recent pattern.
Audiences can tune in to watch the 2022 Game Awards starting at 8 PM EST/5 PST on Thursday, December 8. Technically, the stream will begin at 7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM EST with a 30-minute pre-show, but the event won’t properly begin until after that prelude. That said, those who want to see every reveal and update will likely want to tune into the pre-show. If it’s anything like years past, you can expect to see a few trailers and updates during the build-up to the main event.
Where to Watch The Game Awards 2022
Anyone who is lucky enough to snag a ticket to the 2022 Game Awards can see it live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. However, most viewers will obviously need to catch the show via streaming services. Thankfully, those staying at home have quite a few options.
According to the Game Awards website, the event will stream on all major gaming-related streaming services. Those include YouTube, Twitch, and even Steam. The Game Awards team is also allowing people to co-stream the event, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to watch it alongside your favorite streamers. In fact, you can sign up to become an official Game Awards co-streamer.
Finally, those of you who are hearing about the ceremony late and want to get in on the fun as soon as possible can start watching the show via the YouTube embed below as soon as it starts!
The Game Awards 2022: Every Award Category and Nominee
2022 was full of amazing games, and odds are you played at least one of them. The Game Awards is celebrating the best of the best, and while some games were only nominated for one category, others managed to garner a surprising (though often deserved) number of nominations. Here is a complete list of every game you can expect to see in the 2022 Game Awards and what they were nominated for:
Game of the Year
A Plague Tale: Requiem, Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray, Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Best Game Direction
Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality, Stray
A Plague Tale: Requiem, Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality
Best Art Direction
Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Scorn, Stray
Best Score and Music
A Plague Tale: Requiem, Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Metal: Hellsinger, Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Best Audio Design
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West – Ashley Burch, A Plague Tale: Requiem – Charlotte McBurney, God of War Ragnarok – Christopher Judge, Immortality – Manon Gage, God of War Ragnarok – Sunny Suljic
Games for Impact
A Memoir Blue, As Dusk Falls, Citizen Sleeper, Endling – Extinction is Forever, Hindsight, I was a Teenage Exocolonist
Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Fortnite, Genshin Impact
Cult of the Lamb, Neon White, Sifu, Stray, Tunic
Best Mobile Game
Apex Legends Mobile, Diablo Immortal, Genshin Impact, Marvel Snap, Tower of Fantasy
Best Community Support
Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Fortnite, No Man’s Sky
Innovation in Accessibility
As Dusk Falls, God of War Ragnarok, Return to Monkey Island, The Last of Us Part I, The Quarry
After the Fall, Among Us VR, Bonelab, Moss: Book II, Red Matter 2
Best Action Game
Bayonetta 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Neon White, Sifu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
A Plague Tale: Requiem, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray, Tunic
Best Role Playing
Elden Ring, Live a Live, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Triangle Strategy, Xenoblade Chronicles 3
DNF Duel, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, The King of Fighters XV, Multiverse, Sifu
Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Nintendo Switch Sports, Splatoon 3
Dune: Spice Wars, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Total War: Warhammer III, Two Point Campus, Victoria 3
F1 22, Fifa 23, NBA 2K23, Gran Turismo 7, OlliOlli World
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Multiversus, Overwatch 2, Splatoon 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Content Creator of the Year
Karl Jacobs, Ludwig, Nibellion, Nobru, QTCinderella
Best Debut Indie
Neon White, Norco, Stray, Tunic, Vampire Survivors
Arcane: League of Legends, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, The Cuphead Show!, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Uncharted
Most Anticipated Game
Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy, Resident Evil 4, Starfield, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Best Esports Game
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, League of Legends, Rocket League, Valorant
Best Esports Athlete
Jeong “Chovy” Ji-Hoon, Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok, Finn “Karrigan” Andersen, Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev, Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker
Best Esports Team
Darkzero Esports, Faze Clan, Gen.G, LA Thieves, Loud
Best Esports Coach
ANdrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi, Batheus “BZKA” Tarasconi, Erik “D00mbr0s” Sandgren, Robert “Robban” Dahlström, Go “Score” Dong-Bin
Best Esports Event
EVO 2022, 2022 League of Legends World Championship, PGL Major Antwerp 2022, The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, Valorant Champions 2022