Its almost time for the Game Awards, an annual event that celebrates the achievements of developers in the past 12 months. However, there are usually new game trailers and reveals sprinkled in for the thousands of fans that tune in from home, making it a must-watch event whether you care about the prizes or not.
If you want to know when 2022’s ceremony takes place, how to watch it and what to expect from the show this year, then keep on reading.
When are the Game Awards 2022?
The Game Awards usually take place in December, and this year is no different. The main show will be airing on Thursday 8 December 2022. It will kick-off at the following times:
12:30am GMT (9 December) 7:30pm ET 4:30pm PT1:30am CET (9 December)
The runtime has not been confirmed, but last year’s event took around three and a half hours, so get settled in. If you’re in the UK especially, you’re in for a late-night/early morning.
The event will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, where an in-person ceremony will be taking place.
How can I watch the Game Awards 2022?
The organisers promise that you’ll be able to watch the Game Awards across more than 40 global video platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Twitter.
Closer to the time, we will embed the stream in the article, so you can bookmark this page and watch directly from here.
Streamers will also have the option to co-stream the event as it airs for live reactions. You can sign-up for co-streaming here.
If you’re in the US and you want the big screen experience for the evening, then IMAX theatres will be doing screenings.
Who will be presenting the awards?
Geoff Keighley is back to host the evening, and if this year is anything like previous years, there should be numerous celebrity cameos to help distribute the awards.
We will likely here more about guest performances and any musical numbers closer to the event.
What trailers and announcements will be made?
Besides those getting awards, we’ll also see a whole bunch of exciting news for 2023 and beyond, including trailers and new game reveals, special in-game events, and even playable demos dropping during the show. There’ll also be a Game Awards Sale that runs across multiple PC and console storefronts.
No official gameplay trailers have been confirmed as of yet. However, there are rumours that we could get news or footage for a new Crash Bandicoot game, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (the sequel to Fall Order) and Final Fantasy XVI.
Again, we expect more information closer to the event.
Game Awards 2022 nominees
Nominations have now been revealed, with God of War Ragnarök, Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West all leading the pack.
The winners are decided by a combination of jury and audience votes. Audience vote only counts for 10% of the overall score – the remaining 90% is decided by the voting jury.
Audience votes are now open across all categories. This also includes the Player’s Voice – an award decided entirely by public voting.
Here are all the nominees for the 2022 Game Awards:
Game of the Year
A Plague Tale: RequiemElden RingGod of War RagnarökHorizon Forbidden WestStrayXenoblade Chronicles 3Best Game Direction
Elden RingGod of War RagnarökHorizon Forbidden WestImmortalityStrayBest Narrative
A Plague Tale: RequiemElden RingGod of War RagnarökHorizon Forbidden WestImmortalityBest Art Direction
Elden RingGod of War RagnarökHorizon Forbidden WestScornStrayBest Score and Music
A Plague Tale: RequiemElden RingGod of War RagnarökMetal: HellsingerXenoblade Chronicles 3Best Audio Design
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Elden RingGod of War RagnarökGran Turismo 7Horizon Forbidden WestBest Performance
Horizon Forbidden West (Ashly Burch as Aloy)A Plague Tale: Requiem (Charlotte McBurney as Amicia de Rune)God of War Ragnarök (Christopher Judge as Kratos)Immortality (Manon Gage as Marissa Marcel)God of War Ragnarök (Sunny Suljic as Atreus)Games for Impact
A Memoimr BlueAs Dusk FallsCitizen SleeperEndling – Extinction is ForeverHindsightI Was a Teenage ExocolonistBest Ongoing Game
Apex LegendsDestiny 2Final Fantasy XIVFortniteGenshin ImpactBest Indie Game
Cult of the LambNeon WhiteSifuStrayTunicBest Mobile Game
Apex Legends MobileDiablo ImmortalGenshin ImpactMarvel SnapTower of Fantasy
Apex LegendsDestiny 2Final Fantasy XIVFortniteNo Man’s SkyInnovation in Accessibility
As Dusk FallsGod of War RagnarökReturn to Monkey IslandThe Last of Us Part 1The QuarryBest VR / AR Game
After the FallAmong Us VRBonelabMoss: Book 2Red Matter 2Best Action Game
Bayonetta 3Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Neon WhiteSifuTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeBest Action/Adventure Game
A Plague Tale: RequiemGod of War RagnarökHorizon Forbidden WestStrayTunicBest Role Playing Game
Elden RingLive A LivePokemon Legends: ArceusTriangle StrategyXenoblade Chronicles 3Best Fighting Game
DNF DuelJoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle RThe King of Fighters 15MultiVersusSifuBest Family Game
Kirby and the Forgotten LandLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaMario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeNintendo Switch SportsSplatoon 3Best Sim/Strategy Game
Dune: Spice WarsMario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeTotal War: Warhammer 3Two Point CampusVictoria 3Best Sports/Racing Game
F1 22FIFA 23NBA 2K23Gran Turismo 7OlliOlli WorldBest Multiplayer Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2MultiVersusOverwatch 2Splatoon 3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeContent Creator of the Year
Karl JacobsLudwigNibellionNobruQTCinderellaBest Debut Indie Game
Neon WhiteNORCOStrayTunicVampire SurvivorsBest Adaptation
Arcane: League of LegendsCyberpunk: EdgerunnersThe Cuphead Show!Sonic the Hedgehog 2UnchartedMost Anticipated Game
Final Fantasy XVIHogwarts LegacyResident Evil 4StarfieldThe Legend of Zelda: The Tears of the KingdomBest Esports Game
Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveDota 2League of LegendsRocket LeagueValorantBest Esports Athlete
Jeong “Chovy” Ji-HoonLee “Faker” Sang-HyeokFinn “Karrigan” AndersenOkelsander “S1mple” KostylievJacob “Yay” WhiteakerBest Esports Team
Darkzero EsportsFaze ClanGen.GLA ThievesLoudBest Esports Coach
Andrii “B1AD3” HorodenskyiMatheus “Bzka” TarasconiErik “D00mbr0s” SandgrenRobert “Robban” DahlstromGo “Score” Dong-BinBest Esports Event
Evo 20222022 League of Legends World ChampionshipPGL Major Antwerp 2022The 2022 Mid-Season InvitationalValorant Champions 2022