The second biggest gaming event of the year after E3 is upon us: The Game Awards 2018. Becoming more and more like the gaming industry’s version of the Oscars with each passing year, this year’s event promises to be the biggest one yet with a tonne of reveals in the pipeline. And also awards, just in case you forgot that that is what this show is supposed to be about.
With a tonne of gongs to give out and hopefully eccentric developers making Geoff Keighley break out in a cold sweat to look forward to, here’s everything you need to know about The Game Awards 2018, including where you can watch it and when it starts.
When Does The Game Awards 2018 Begin?
The Game Awards 2018 will emanate from kicks off on Thursday December 6th, 2018 for some viewers but in the early hours of Friday December 7th for others due to timezones.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
Thursday December 6th – 17:30 PT – 20:30 EST – 19:30 CST
As you might expect, there’s no shortage of places to watch The Game Awards this year. We’ve embedded the YouTube (4K option available) and Twitch streams below so you can return here on the day itself to watch it if you wish.
Alternatively, The Game Awards has partnered with a heap of publications –such as IGN– to provide streams for the event, but they did not ask us to take part — next year, eh, Geoff? You will also be able to watch the event from your PS4 or Xbox One with other platforms, like Caffeine, Mixer, and Facebook Live, also presenting The Game Awards.
What are the awards at The Game Awards 2018?
There are countless categories at The Game Awards this year, which include:
– Game of the Year – Best Ongoing Game – Best Game Direction – Best Narrative – Best Art Direction – Best Score – Best Audio Design – Best Performance – Games For Impact – Best Independent Game – Best Mobile Game – Best VR Game – Best Action Game
The most illustrious category for many this year will be the Game of the Year award, which features Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Celeste, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Monster Hunter: World. Most believe that the fight will come down to Red Dead Redemption and God of War with the two games getting the highest ratings of any game in 2018 on Metacritic.
Which game reveals will be at The Game Awards 2018?
Now we get into the spicy stuff, the reveals that arguably overshadow the purpose of the event itself: giving out awards. There isn’t a lot of confirmed info so far, but there are plenty of rumours floating around, some substantiated and some utterly not. Here’s what we know so far.