Friday marks the debut of the first annual Game Awards, an event run by video game journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley, the mastermind behind many other video game awards events over the past 10 years.

This year’s Game Awards will attempt to be somewhat different from Keighley’s previous endeavors. Called a "video game Oscars," the event will air on men’s television network Spike TV on Friday at 9 p.m. EST. The event will take place in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and will run more than two hours.

Rock band Imagine Dragons will perform at the show. The band also performed at the “League of Legends” World tournament in October and helped promote the competition with their song “Warriors.”

The event can be streamed live on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Wii U, Steam, Twitch, YouTube, IGN, GameSpot, Kotaku, Niconico and Major League Gaming.

You can watch the Game Awards below:


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There are more than a dozen awards given out tonight, but here are a few of the top categories and their nominees.

Game of the Year

“Bayonetta 2”

“Dark Souls II”

“Dragon Age: Inquisition”

“Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor”

“Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft”

Best Shooter

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”


“Far Cry 4”


“Wolfenstein: The New Order”

Best Action/Adventure Game

“Alien: Isolation”

“Bayonetta 2”

“Assassin’s Creed Unity:

“Sunset Overdrive”

“Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor”

What do you think should win "game of the year"? Leave a comment below.