In a nutshell: The 2021 Game Awards will take place on Thursday, December 9th and will be hosted by Kayleigh of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show is returning as a personal event this year after it went virtual last year due to the pandemic, but Activision Blizzard won’t play any role other than the previously announced award nominations.
A terrible, terrible, bad, very bad 2021 for Activision Blizzard continues as The Game Awards producer and host Jeff Kayley confirmed that the struggling video game company will not be attending this year’s awards ceremony outside of its nominations.
In subsequent tweets, Kayleigh said The Game Awards is a time of celebration for the industry, adding that there is no room for abuse, harassment or predatory behavior in any company or community.
Besides the nominations, I can confirm that Activision | Blizzard will not be part of this year’s competition. #TheGameAwards
– Jeff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2021
In a statement to The Washington Post, Kayleigh said Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 will not be on show this year. This is not surprising given that Activision Blizzard said back in February that none of the games would launch in 2021. With Jen Oneal’s recent departure, games may not arrive until 2023 at the earliest.
A quick screening of the nominees reveals that Activision is claiming two awards: Best Esports Game with Call of Duty and Best Ongoing, “awarded to a game for outstanding development of consistent content that changes the player experience over time” for Call of Duty: Warzone.
It’s worth noting that Activision President Rob Kostic is at advisory board for The Game Awards along with other big names like AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Hideo Kojima, Nintendo President Doug Bowser, and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.