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The Game Awards returns as in-person event in December

By Kara Santos Published Oct 01, 2021 11:20 am

The Game Awards 2021, hailed as the "Oscars of Gaming," is all set to return as an in-person event on December 9 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The night celebrating the best in video games will once again be hosted by video game journalist Geoff Keighley. The annual event will also be livestreamed for free over various platforms, including Twitch and YouTube. 

Keighley announced the event on Friday, Oct. 1 over social media, with the host confirming that the show would be back to its usual scale after doing things almost entirely remotely in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

This includes the return of The Game Awards Orchestra performing live during the event once again. Details on the guests, award categories, and more will be shared in the coming weeks.

“We are very excited to return to the Microsoft Theater for a special night to celebrate the past, present and future of video games,” Keighley told Deadline.

“Our goal is to bring the entire community together to celebrate the most powerful form of entertainment in the world, and recognize emerging voices that represent the future of the medium.

Last year's event faced serious challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 global pandemic, and was held completely online.

The event managed to bring in over 83 million views, peaking at 8.3 million concurrent viewers across all platforms and boasting an 83-percent growth from 2019.

The high viewership has been attributed largely in part to allowing co-streaming for creators on various livestreaming platforms, with more than 9,000 co-streams recorded just on Twitch, where the show peaked at 2.63 million viewers.

The Last of Us Part 2 won the Game of the Year in 2020.

(Images via The Game Awards)