How to Watch The Game Awards 2021: Start Time, Live Stream & More

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The Game Awards are just hours away! The event has been steadily growing into a major event in the gaming calendar due to its ability to bring together a bunch of different elements into one spectacular showcase.

First and foremost, you've got the awards that recognize the incredible work from within the industry across multiple genres, studios and technologies. There's also the added spice of world premieres which can cover everything from new game reveals to new info and trailers on games due out in the next 12 months.


Here's everything you need to know ahead of the show so that you don't miss out!

When does The Game Awards Start?

The Game Awards will be live-streamed on Thursday, 9 December @ 19:00 ET / 16:30 PT. For viewers in the UK and Europe, it will be Friday, 10 December at 00:30 GMT / 01:30 CET. The most popular places to watch the show live will be YouTube, Twitch & Twitter.


We believe there is set to be a 30-minute pre-show before the main event begins and the above times are when that will begin.

What to Expect at The Game Awards

Most of The Game Awards show is kept very close to the chest in terms of surprises. We do know that there will be at least 30 awards handed out across the evening. Some of these will be reduced to a quick announcement during the pre-show but for the bigger awards, they will be handed out during the main event, typically by special guest presenters.

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Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Paul George, Guillermo Del Toro, Giancarlo Esposito, Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson and more will be some of the names involved.

As for game reveals, there will be 10 'World Premieres' shown during the pre-show with many more throughout the main show. The Game Awards has a good track record with these reveals having been where the Xbox Series X, Hellblade 2 and more have been revealed in recent years.

Finally, there will be musical performances from Sting, Imagine Dragons and The Game Awards orchestra throughout the event. These segments have been a staple in recent years and while they're not to everyone's taste, they have produced some brilliant moments in the past with the likes of Green Day and Mick Gordon having taken to the stage.