Geoff Keighley Announces That Activision Blizzard Will Not Be A Part Of The Game Awards 2021 Beyond Its Nominations

Geoff Keighley has come out and said that Activision Blizzard will not be a part of next week's The Game Awards 2021. He tweeted a statement only a few hours ago, confirming that the company will not be at the event, except for the categories under which its games have been nominated.

"Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision|Blizzard will not be a part of this year’s #TheGameAwards," tweeted Keighley. He continued saying that the event "is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community."

The thread went on with him saying that a platform like The Game Awards can "accelerate and inspire change", but the industry needs to work together in order to build a safer and more inclusive environment for developers to do their best work. "All of us are accountable to this standard."

Keighley's recent statements in an interview with The Washington Post received some backlash from people within and outside of the video games industry. "We want to support employees and developers,” he said. "We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here.” While this indecisiveness was not appreciated by many, his recent tweet has confirmed that there will be no announcements or presence by Activision Blizzard which, along with CEO Bobby Kotick, has been accused of encouraging toxic culture and inappropriate behaviour at the workplace. The announcement is being met with mostly positive responses.

The Game Awards has been revealing some of the big names we'll see at the ceremony. Among the presenters are The Mandalorian's Giancarlo Esposito and Ming-Na Wen, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, along with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss to take us down the rabbit hole. Voice actor Laura Bailey and former Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aime have also made the list. More presenters will probably be announced as we draw nearer to the ceremony.

All of this will be capped off with performances by Sting and Imagine Dragons, who have lended their talents for Riot Game's Arcane TV show.

The Game Awards will be streamed live on December 9 at 8 PM ET.

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