Game Awards 2022: Start Times and Watching

If you were wondering how to watch The Game Awards 2022 later this week, this article will break it all down. The Game Awards is the annual awards show, hosted by Geoff Keighley, that brings together the biggest gaming companies and honors the best titles of the year. The ceremony features plenty of trailers and announcements for upcoming titles, preventing the show from becoming a stodgy suit-and-tie affair. This year’s award ceremony will also be “significantly shorter” than before.

Game of the Year nominees include God of War: Ragnarok, elden ringhorizon forbidden west, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Stray and A Plague Tale: Requiem. We also know that we will receive further information Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, Tekken 8Baldur’s Gate 3 and Sky: Children of the Light, a new game by Jenova Chen, the brains behind Journey 2012. Presenters include HBO’s “The Last of Us” Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey Final Fantasy VXI Producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida and Animal The Muppets.

How to watch The Game Awards 2022 on YouTube, Twitch and everywhere else

The 2022 Game Awards will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 8 beginning at 4:30pm PT / 7:30pm ET / 12:30am GMT. It streams live on all major platforms including:

Select IMAX theaters also present The Game Awards, providing a premium experience for fans not in Los Angeles. Those in Los Angeles wanting to see the show live are out of luck as tickets are no longer available.

What announcements to expect at The Game Awards 2022

Past Game Awards have given us insight The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, death stranding and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2. This year, fans can expect a new game from publisher 505 Games and Fortnite maker Epic Games. A teaser site is live showing the fictional beach town of Rockay City.

Other than that, not much else was teased. But if years past are any indication, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see at least one heavyweight from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom would certainly wow people, as well as Alan Wake II, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Empty room and the new Korean title Stellar Blade.

Game Awards 2022 nominees

This year’s nominees can be found in 31 categories, ranging from best game direction to best eSports event. Of course, Game of the Year is the most anticipated award, but Best Narration, Art Direction, Score and Music, Character Portrayal, and Indie will certainly get a lot of attention. Below is a list of all nominated games.

game of the year

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

Best game direction

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)

Best Art Direction

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)
  • Contempt (Ebb Software/Kepler Interactive)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Best score and music

  • Olivier Derivière, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh, Elden ring
  • Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarok
  • Two springs, metal: Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)

best performance

  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarok
  • Manon Gage, Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic, god of war Ragnarok

Games for Impact

  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna)
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over The Age/Fellow Passenger)
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/HandyGames)
  • Review (Team Review/Annapurna)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)

Best Continuing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (epic games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

Best Indian

  • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monsters / Devolver Digital)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (flop)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)

Best Indie Debut

  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)
  • NORCO (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)
  • Vampire Survivor (Poncle)

Best community support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (epic games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Cell Phone

  • Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum/Respawn/EA)
  • Diablo Immortal (Blizzard/NetEase)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYovese)
  • MARVEL SNAP (Second Dinner Studios/Nuverse)
  • Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio/Perfect World/Level Infinite)

Best VR/AR

  • After the Fall (Vertigo Games)
  • Among Us VR (Schell Games/InnerSloth)
  • BONELAB (zero stress level)
  • Moss: Book II (Polyarc)
  • Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot)

Best action

  • Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (flop)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

Best Action/Adventure

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/YOU)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)

Best RPG

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Live One Life (Square Enix/Nintendo)
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak/Nintendo/TPCI)
  • Triangle Strategy (Artdink/Square Enix)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

Best Fight

  • DNF Duel (Arc System Works/EIGHTING/NEOPLE/NEXON)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 Co. Ltd/Bandai Namco)
  • The King of Fighters XV (SNK/Plaion)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Sifu (flop)

Best family

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Travel Stories/WB Games)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games/Funcom)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Total War: WARHAMMER III (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)
  • Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive)

Best Sport/Racing

  • F1 22 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver/Romania/EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Digital Polyphony/SIE)
  • OlliOlli World (Reel 7/Private Division)

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

Most expected

  • FINAL FANTASY XVI (Square Enix)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software/WB Games)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Content Creator of the Year

  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig
  • Nibellion
  • nobru
  • QTCinderella

Best adjustment

  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche/Riot Games/Netflix)
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger/CD Project, Netflix)
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR/King Features Syndicate/Netflix)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group/Paramount Pictures)
  • Uncharted (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)

Innovation in accessibility

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/SHE)
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital)
  • The Last of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/SHE)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K)

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • VALORANT (Riot Games)

Best Esports Athlete

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, LOL)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL)
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen (FaZe Clan – CS:GO)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant)

Best Esports Team

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (CS:GO)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (Valorant)

Best Esports Coach

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlstrom (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)
  • Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL)

Best Esports Event

  • Evo 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
  • VALORANT Champions 2022

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