Game Awards 2018: The winners and all the new trailers live

There’s a tension in the air at most award shows — but the annual Game Awards are a bit different. Sure, there’s still a lot of anticipation over who is going to win game of the year, but the real excitement takes place between the awards: trailers, announcements and DLC reveals.

It’s like a mini-E3 with a red carpet, and it’s quickly becoming one of the biggest nights of the year in game announcements. It’s where we first saw games like Bayonetta 3 and SoulCalibur VI, and got one of our best early looks at Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.

Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss the announcements or the awards.

Know when to watch

The Game Awards start at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 6. If you happen to live on the other side of the planet, the show will start on Friday morning sometime between 1:30 a.m. (GMT) and 11:30 a.m. (GMT+11).

Check the Game Awards website to find your local timezone.

Know where to watch

OK, you know when you need to tune in — but how do you turn in? That part is easy: The Game Awards will be available to watch for free on almost every major social platform and gaming network, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live, Twitch, Mixer, Caffeine, Steam, PlayStation, Xbox Live and more.

In addition to those streams, you’ll find the show on GameSpot. It’ll also be streaming on region-specific platforms around the world. You can see the full list on the Game Awards’ how to watch page.

All the trailers revealed

New game announcements and trailers are easily half the draw for the awards show — and the Game Awards didn’t let us down.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was revealed as an exclusive for Nintendo Switch

Hades from SuperGiant Games

FarCry: New Dawn


The Outer Worlds

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Crash Team Racing


Mortal Kombat 11

On top of those promises, a handful of publishers have very directly hinted their own announcements. Nintendo has been talking up the Game Awards as a pre-game to the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, implying it may tease the game’s first DLC during the show. Similarly, Obsidian has made it clear that it’s gearing up to announce a new RPG, and Epic’s Donald Mustard will be on site with a mysterious Fortnite announcement.

According to Game Awards host Geoff Keighley, there will be at least 10 brand-new game reveals in all, not including new trailers for previously announced games or DLC announcements. That’s a lot of news to look forward to.

Know who won

There are a ton of awards being handed out in a staggering array of categories — this list doesn’t include everything, but here are the biggest ones. (Nominees will be removed as updates come in)

Game of the Year

  • God of War

Best Ongoing Game

  • Fortnite

Best Game Direction

  • God of War

Best Narrative

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Art Direction

  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Performance

  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II

Games for Impact

  • Celeste

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste

Best Mobile Game

  • Florence

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Best Action Game

  • Dead Cells

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • God of War

Best Role Playing Game

  • Monster Hunter: World

Best Fighting Game

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Best Family Game

  • Overcooked 2

Best Strategy Game

  • Into the Breach

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Forza Horizon 4

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Fortnite

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018

Best Debut Indie Game

  • The Messenger

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