Activision Blizzard ‘will not be a part’ of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley says

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The annual festival of trailers and some trophies even the Game Awards are just days away, and host Geoff Keighley has announced that Activision Blizzard will not be involved “beyond its nominations”.

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The Game Awards “a time of celebration for this industry,” he wrote Twitter, “The greatest form of entertainment in the world. Abuse, harassment or violent practices have no place in any company or any community. I also realize that we have a great platform that can accelerate and inspire change.” We are committed to it, but we all need to work together to create a better and more inclusive environment so that everyone feels safe creating the best sports in the world.”

Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed suit against Activision Blizzard alleging discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace back in July, allegations like Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told an assistant he was going to kill her. Of course, questions have been raised about whether it’s appropriate to promote the company during its celebration of what’s best about games.


in an interview with Washington Post Prior to this statement, Keighley was asked about Activision Blizzard’s involvement with The Game Awards. “We want to support the employees and the developers,” he said and, “we have to think very carefully about how to proceed here.” While six major games are scheduled to be revealed, Keighley confirmed that neither Diablo 4 nor Overwatch 2 will be shown during this year’s awards.

Blizzard traditionally delivers big announcements about its games for BlizzCon, but Activision has shown off its games during the last Game Awards — last year, the trailer for the first season of Call of Duty: Warzone. advisory board, which is not involved in the nomination or voting process but instead “Direct and Advance the Mission of the Game Awards”, Activision President Rob Kostich.

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Call of Duty is nominated for Best Esports Game and Call of Duty: Warzone for Best Ongoing this year. Check out the full list of nominees for 2021 here.

The Game Awards are an individual event this year, though they will also be livestreamed through over 40 platforms, and will be held on December 9. Plus in the absence of Activision Blizzard announcements, there will be no NFT games.

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