The Game Awards heads to the Microsoft Theatre on Dec. 9 to decide 2021's best games

The Game Awards 2021 Key Art
The Game Awards 2021 Key Art (Image credit: The Game Awards | Twitter)

What you need to know

  • The Game Awards is a yearly event to discuss and decide the best games of the year so far.
  • The event is returning to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2021, with Geoff Keighley as the host.
  • We may see many of 2021's most popular games featured during The Game Awards, like Psychonauts 2 and Deathloop.

The Game Awards is a yearly event that helps to decide what the best games of that year were, often sparking a ton of post-show internet discussion. It's been confirmed today that The Game Awards is officially returning on Dec. 9, 2021, once again taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, to evaluate this year's most popular and beloved titles for a variety of awards and honorifics.

The winners from last year's The Game Awards 2020 were fairly standard, and we expect more of the same from this year's rendition of the event. Expect to see big releases like Psychonauts 2, Deathloop, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and many more all make an appearance or be nominated for an award.

We won't know which games are walking away with an award until the event on Dec. 9, but it'll be interesting to see how many of the best Xbox games that released throughout 2021 make the cut. Unfortunately, one of this year's most anticipated titles, Halo Infinite, likely won't be eligible this year since it releases right before The Game Awards on Dec. 8, 2021. Still, there's plenty to look forward to when returning host Geoff Keighley takes the stage for The Game Awards 2021.

Zachary Boddy
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