What games were nominated for the The Game Awards 2018? Find out here

Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards will have its fifth anniversary this year, and if it’s anything like the shows we’ve seen in years past, it will feature not only recognition for the year’s best games, but also lifetime achievement awards, musical performances, and plenty of new game announcements. Next to E3 and Gamescom, The Game Awards is one of the biggest events of the year, and we’re giddy with anticipation for 2018’s show. Here’s everything you need to know about The Game Awards, including its date, location, how to watch, categories and nominees.

When and where is it?

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The Game Awards will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and tickets are currently available to purchase at AXS.

Last year’s show ran for about three hours, so you can expect it to end around midnight. This length of time doesn’t allow Keighley and industry veterans to present all of the awards that are being given out that night, so check the official website for a full list of winners.

How to watch the Game Awards 2018

The Game Awards aren’t available on television, but you can stream them from a variety of different services across multiple devices. Last year’s show was streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Live, Steam, and Mixer, as well as directly through Xbox One and PlayStation. We’ll be showing one of the broadcasts on Digital Trends, as well, so you can watch right here if you don’t want to go to a different website.

YouTube and Twitch are both great options for The Game Awards, but in the past, there has been some form of interactivity when viewing it directly on game consoles. If you want to vote along with other viewers, this could be the best option.

How nominees and winners are selected

Last year, the nominees for The Game Awards’ many gaming categories were selected by a jury of 51 different outlets, each of whom picked five games per category. The three esports categories were picked by a separate esports jury.

Winners were primarily determined by the juries themselves, who got 90 percent of the voting power, while fans got 10 percent in most categories. Fans were the sole voters on the winners in the Best Esports Game, Best Esports Player, Best Esports Team, Most Anticipated Game, and Trending Gamer categories. Keighley also revealed that fans will be able to vote using Discord Server Vote in 2018.

The Game Awards 2018 categories and nominees

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Geoff Keighley revealed the nominees for The Game Awards on November 13. We’ve listed the game-specific nominees below.

Game of the Year

Best Game Direction

  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human

Best Narrative

  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Life is Strange: Episode 2

Best Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Octopath Traveler
  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Octopath Traveler
  • God of War
  • Celeste
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man

Best Audio Design

Best Performance

  • Christopher Judge – God of War
  • Yuri Lowenthal — Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Roger Clark – Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Melissanthi Mahut — Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Bryan Dechart – Detroit: Become Human

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • Celeste

Best Ongoing Game

Best Mobile Game

  • Fortnite
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Donut County
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Florence

Best VR/AR Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Firewall: Zero Hour
  • Tetris Effect
  • Beat Sabre
  • Moss

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Best RPG

Best Fighting Game

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • BlaZBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Super Mario Party
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Best Strategy Game

  • Into the Breach
  • BattleTech
  • Frostpunk
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

Best Multiplayer 

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • Jera
  • Liff
  • RE: Charge

Best Independent Game

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best Esports Game 

  • Overwatch
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Dota 2
  • CS: Go
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