The 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards are nearly here and, in 2022, the game awards show from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) will be back in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas after going completely virtual last year.

This year, the peer-juried D.I.C.E. Awards will feature 59 nominated games competing in 23 categories, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart leads the way with nine nominations.

IGN is the official media partner of the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards and that means you’ll be able to stream the entire event live right here with us. As usual, this watch guide will provide you with everything you need to know to watch the show, including when it starts, a list of places you can watch it with us, the full list of nominees, and what you can expect to see at the show.

The 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Start Time

The 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards will take place on Thursday, February 24, and will start at 8pm PT/11pm ET. If you’re tuning in from Australia or from the GMT timezone, that translates to Friday, February 25 at 4am GMT/2pm AEST.

Where to Watch the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

If you’re interested in watching the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, we’ll be hosting the stream as the show’s official media partner here and across our many channels on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Here’s the full list of places you can watch the show:

IGN.com (homepage)IGN’s Facebook ChannelIGN’s TwitterIGN’s Twitch ChannelIGN’s Youtube ChannelIGN’s TikTokIGN’s iOS AppIGN’s Android AppIGN’s PlayStation 4 AppIGN’s Xbox One AppRokuIGN App for Android TVIGN for Amazon Fire TVApple TVIGN 1 on Samsung TV PlusPluto TVPlex Live TV

What to Expect at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

The 25th Anniversary D.I.C.E. Awards will take place in-person at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas and follows the week-long industry gathering at the 2022 D.I.C.E. Summit. The show will be co-hosted for the sixth year by IGN alum Jessica Chobot (Discovery’s ExpeditionX) and Greg Miller (Kinda Funny) and IGN serves as the official media partner.

59 games released in 2021 have been nominated for the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart earned the most with nine nominations. Deathloop earned eight nominations, Inscryption and It Takes Two earned six, Returnal earned five, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Resident Evil Village earned four. Deathloop, Inscryption, It Takes Two, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal are all up for the Game of the Year award.

In addition to games being honored, CEO of Microsoft Gaming will be this year’s recipient of the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award and Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard will present him with the award. NetherRealm Studios’ CCO Ed Boon will also be honored as he was selected as the 25th member of the AIAS Hall of Fame. Xbox Game Studios’ Matt Booty will present the 2022 Hall of Fame award to Boon.

The 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Categories and Nominees

Game of the Year

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Call of Duty: VanguardDeathloopKena: Bridge of SpiritsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartResident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Call of Duty: VanguardDeathloopKena: Bridge of SpiritsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartResident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Deathloop – Colt VahnKena: Bridge of Spirits – KenaLife is Strange: True Colors – Alex ChenRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart – RivetResident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

DeathloopIt Takes TwoKena: Bridge of SpiritsPsychonauts 2Returnal

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design

Forza Horizon 5Halo InfiniteIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Before Your EyesInscryptionGuardians of the GalaxyPsychonauts 2The Forgotten City

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Battlefield 2042Forza Horizon 5MoncageRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Action Game of the Year

DeathloopHalo InfiniteMetroid DreadReturnalThe Ascent

Adventure Game of the Year

Death’s DoorIt Takes TwoGuardians of the GalaxyPsychonauts 2Resident Evil Village

Family Game of the Year

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home ParadiseCozy GroveMario Party SuperstarsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartWarioware: Get it Together

Fighting Game of the Year

Guilty Gear StriveMelty Blood: Type LuminaNickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Racing Game of the Year

F1 2021Forza Horizon 5Hot Wheels Unleashed

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Final Fantasy XIV: EndwalkerPathfinder: Wrath of the RighteousShin Megami Tensei VTales of AriseWildermyth

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 22Mario Golf: Super RushNBA 2k22Riders RepublicThe Climb 2

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Age of Empires IVGloomhavenGriftlandsInscryptionLoop Hero

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Lone Echo IIPuzzling PlacesResident Evil 4 VRSong in the SmokeYuki

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

DemeoI Expect You To Die 2Lone Echo IIResident Evil 4 VRSong in the Smoke

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

Death’s DoorInscryptionLoop HeroSableUnpacking

Mobile Game of the Year

Behind the FrameFantasianLeague of Legends: Wild RiftMoncagePokémon Unite

Online Game of the Year

Back 4 BloodCall of Duty: VanguardFinal Fantasy XIV: EndwalkerHalo InfiniteKnockout City

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoLoop HeroRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartThe Artful Escape

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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