In a nutshell: The ninth annual The Game Awards will take place on December 8 and will be broadcast live worldwide from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. December seems a long way off, but luckily there are plenty of gambling-related goodies to hold our attention until then.
The annual video game awards ceremony began in 2014 after gaming journalist Geoff Keighley parted ways with Spike. The network had hosted a video game awards show every year from 2003 to 2013 that Keighley had participated in, but the company planned to scale back operations for 2014 by moving the show from aired television to streaming only.
» We have a date! ”
Thursday, December 8
Broadcast live worldwide from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Hard to believe this is our NINTH show.
We have worked all year to bring you something very special. pic.twitter.com/VS9qOhyltQ
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 22, 2022
Keighley branched out, and with Spike’s blessing, he created The Game Awards. The first show was at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas but since then the ceremony has taken place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The only exception was in 2020 when the show was hosted virtually due to the pandemic.
The highlight of each year is the coveted Game of the Year award, and there always seems to be a bit of controversy around who won or which game was arguably more deserving. This was the case last year with It Takes Two which beat out Deathloop, Resident Evil Village and Psychonauts 2 for the highest distinction.
Gamescom 2022 kicks off tomorrow and runs through August 28 in Cologne, Germany. Keighley will host a two-hour showcase for Gamescom starting today at 2 p.m. EST, with the promise of world premieres, new game announcements and more.
PAX West is also fast approaching, September 2-5 in Seattle, and the Tokyo Game Show kicks off 10 days later on September 15. BlizzCon has always been held in November, but isn’t happening this year because Blizzard said it needed time to “reimagine” the event. The company will use the money saved by not hosting the show to support its team and continue development of the game.