The Game Awards 2016 officially airs tonight, with the festivities starting at 6 PM PT, and video game fans around the world can tune into the ceremony right here!
Founded by Canadian video game journalist and television personality Geoff Keighley in 2014, The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony that not only honors achievements in the video game industry, but also acts as a platform for world premieres of new titles, gameplay videos, and trailers, while also providing an in-depth look at previously announced games. With The Game Awards 2016 being the the third year running for the celebration, fans can get a taste of all of that and more right here, starting at 6:00 PM PT.
This year's list of nominees include a wide variety of different games, with Naughty Dog's critically-acclaimed action-adventure title Uncharted 4: A Thief's End leading the pack with eight awards in total, including Game of the Year. Close contenders for the second-most amount of nominations for The Game Awards 2016 are Blizzard's team-based first-person shooter Overwatch and Playdead's understated puzzle-platformer Inside.
Along with the awards themselves, those watching The Game Awards 2016 should expect gameplay debuts from BioWare's science fiction title Mass Effect: Andromeda, Arkane Studios' Prey, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Of course, there should also be lots of surprises in store, with Gearbox Software potentially announcing a brand new Duke Nukem game, and 343 Industries has even declared an unexpected announcement related to Halo Wars 2 as being a part of the event.
In addition to actual titles being honored and announced at The Game Awards 2016, the minds behind such creations will also be recognized. For instance, Hideo Kojima will be the recipient of the Industry Icon Award for this year. Such an honor is particularly significant not only due to the fact that the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain director is world renowned for his work in the medium, but also because he couldn't attend 2015's ceremonies after being legally barred by Konami when he left the company.
Of course, as is to be expected, The Game Awards 2016 isn't without its own controversies. Oddly enough, the two popular fan-made games Pokemon Uranium and AM2R were dropped from the list of nominees for "Best Fan Creation," leading many gamers to cry foul. Naturally, though, Geoff Keighley spoke up to explain the decision behind the titles being excluded from the festivities, as the program itself would have been open to DMCA takedown claims from Nintendo, which could have jeopardized the show from airing altogether.
Despite such setbacks, The Game Awards 2016 ought to be an exciting affair for gaming fans around the world, with some of the year's best games and developers receiving recognition for stellar work in the field. Not to mention, there's loads of potential for unexpected moments and announcements to give fans plenty to talk about after the ceremony.
The Game Awards 2016 is set to air live tonight at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET / 2:00 AM UK.