When Is The Game Awards 2021 Guide

When is The Game Awards 2021? What are the dates and times for The Game Awards, and what games will be shown? Geoff Keighley's annual awards ceremony closes out the gaming calendar each year, and 2021 is no exception. Bringing the show back to Los Angeles for a live production in front of a reduced audience, The Game Awards will be streaming worldwide very soon indeed. What should you expect from the show? Where can you watch it? In this guide, we'll give you all the info you need before the big day.

When Is The Game Awards 2021?

What date and time does The Game Awards start? The Game Awards 2021 takes place on Thursday 9th December, and will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater. Below is the start time for each time zone:

  • North America: 5pm PST / 6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST
  • UK/Ire: 1am GMT
  • Europe: 2am CET / 3am EET
  • Asia/Oceania: 10am JST / 9am AWST / 12pm AEDT

Please note that, for those in the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia, the show will technically go out on Friday 10th December. Good luck to anyone watching in the small hours.

Where Can You Watch The Game Awards 2021?

The Game Awards will be live streamed on virtually every platform you can think of, so you won't be short of options. The easiest way to watch will be via YouTube or Twitch, and don't forget that we'll be hosting a live blog of the event right here on Push Square. Watch along with us and the community! If you can't watch the show live, don't worry — we'll have all the relevant news up on the homepage as soon as possible.

How Long Will The Game Awards 2021 Be?

A run time has not been confirmed for this year's Game Awards, but expect it to be a long one. Past shows have been several hours in length; The Game Awards 2020, for example, was just over three hours. We would expect a similar amount of time for The Game Awards 2021 — prepare some snacks and settle in.

What Games Have Been Nominated for The Game Awards 2021?

The Game Awards 2021 is, first and foremost, an awards ceremony, recognising the biggest and best games of the year and more across numerous categories. During the show, we'll see many of the winners be announced onstage in between musical performances and trailers for upcoming titles. Which games have been nominated for these awards?

Well, Deathloop is up for the most awards, nominated in eight categories. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has six nominations, while It Takes Two is also getting some attention. For a more comprehensive list of nominees, follow the link.

If you'd like to cast your votes in each category, you can do so via the official Game Awards website.

What Games Will Be Shown or Announced at The Game Awards 2021?

While these things are never truly known beforehand (unless you're Mr. Keighley of course), it's always fun to try and guess a handful of games that will be shown off as part of The Game Awards. The below is purely speculative, but we think a lot of these are safe bets to get some air time.

Elden Ring seems like a good candidate for a new trailer of some sort, given it's due to release just a couple of months later. On a similar note, we could see fresh gameplay or trailers for titles such as Horizon Forbidden West, Dying Light 2, Rainbow Six Extraction, Sifu, and maybe even Gran Turismo 7. All of these are scheduled to release within the first three months of 2022.

As for brand new announcements, there's just no telling. The scope of announcements at The Game Awards has run the full gamut, from tiny indie games to AAA blockbusters, and even a games console. Rumours are very thin on the ground at the moment, but one that's been doing the rounds is a potential remaster of Chrono Cross, originally released for PS1 in 1999.


Are you excited to watch The Game Awards 2021? What games do you think will take home a trophy? What are you expecting in terms of announcements? Discuss in the comments section below.