In a nutshell: The 2021 Sport Awards happen on Thursday, December 9, and shall be hosted by Keighley from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The present returns as an in-person occasion this yr after going digital final yr as a result of pandemic, however Activision Blizzard will not have a job exterior of its beforehand introduced awards nominations.
Activision Blizzard’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2021 continues as The Sport Awards producer and host Geoff Keighley has confirmed that the embattled online game firm won’t have a presence at this yr’s awards ceremony exterior of its nominations.
In follow-up tweets, Keighley mentioned The Sport Awards are a time of celebration for the business, including that there isn’t any place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any firm or any group.
Past its nominations, I can verify that Activision|Blizzard won’t be part of this yr’s #TheGameAwards
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2021
In a press release given to The Washington Put up, Keighley said Diablo four and Overwatch 2 received’t be proven at this yr’s present. That’s no shock contemplating Activision Blizzard mentioned again in February that neither title was on track to launch in 2021. With the latest exit of Jen Oneal, the video games won’t arrive till someday in 2023 on the earliest.
A fast examine of the nominees reveals Activision is up for 2 awards: the most effective eSports recreation with Name of Responsibility and Greatest Ongoing, “awarded to a recreation for excellent improvement of ongoing content material that evolves the participant expertise over time” for Name of Responsibility: Warzone.
It’s price mentioning that Activision President Rob Kostich is on the advisory board for The Sport Awards alongside different massive names like AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Hideo Kojima, Nintendo President Doug Bowser and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.