2020 has been an awful year for many of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have nice things. For example, the annual Game Awards are still on track. In fact, nominations have arrived for games in each of the categories.
As reported at Den of Geek, the Game Awards ceremony takes place on December 10. As usual, Geoff Keighley will host. He also serves as executive producer. This year, he’ll do his thing without a studio audience. The event is being streamed live from three host cities: Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. This modified format will allow for the usual assortment of award presentations, musical performances, and game premieres.
Since they were founded by Keighley in 2014, the Game Awards have led to exciting announcements from major publishers. Given that E3 was canceled this year due to the pandemic, some studios may be sitting on some pretty big news they’re ready to share. Traditionally, this is also a good time to save money on games, thanks to digital sales.
The Game of the Year category looks especially competitive this year. It includes Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Nintendo, Hades from Supergiant Games, The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog, DOOM Eternal from id Software, Final Fantasy VII Remake from Square Enix, and Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch.
A variety of indie titles are also being considered for an award in that category. They consist of Carrion from Phobia Game Studio, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout from Mediatonic, Hades yet again, Spelunky 2 from Mossmouth, and Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus Games.
The Game Awards clearly favor console and PC gaming, but mobile games haven’t been ignored entirely. Up for a potential win in that category are Among Us from InnerSloth, Call of Duty Mobile from TiMi Studios and Activision, Genshin Impact from miHoYo, Legends of Runeterra from Riot Games, and Pokemon Cafe Mix from Genius Sonority.
Games aren’t alone in receiving attention at the Game Awards. This also should be a good year for Esports hosts, with Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere, Alex “Machine” Richardson, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, James “Dash” Patterson, and Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden all vying for the top honor. Events, coaches, and even players each have categories of their own.
You can check out the official site for more information on the Game Awards, including a full list of 2020’s nominees. Are there any games, content creator, or Esports personalities you would especially like to see win an award?