The Game Awards 2021 are set for December


There will be an in-person audience, too

The Game Awards are returning this year, and today they set a date, as well as some in-person plans. Ceremonies will get underway on Dec. 9, 2021, live from Los Angeles.

No time’s been set yet, but The Game Awards 2021 will be hosted in-person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The event will still stream live everywhere, for those who aren’t in attendance.


⁰Thursday, December 9


Live In-Person from Microsoft TheaterLos AngelesAnd Streaming Live Everywhere

A Global Celebration of Video Game Culture#TheGameAwards

— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) September 30, 2021

The show was held online and without an in-person audience last year, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, however, it sounds like festivities are back in some form.

Host Geoff Keighley tweeted that he’s excited to be back to a “full-scale show”  for The Game Awards 2021, which includes having the Game Awards Orchestra live on stage again. The event will be invite-only, and the health and safety protocols for the event will be revealed at a later date.

Of course, The Game Awards isn’t just an awards show, but also a hub for lots of reveals, trailers, and surprises. Last year we got lots of trailers, capping the show off with a surprise teaser for a new Mass EffectAnd we also saw Vin Diesel in an Ark game, some Dragon Age, and the reveal of a new Perfect Dark.

What will this year hold for the years to come in gaming? It’s anyone’s guess, though even just having the orchestra back and a little bit of pageantry does sound exciting. We’ll see what’s in store as we get closer to The Game Awards 2021 on Dec. 9.