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Nolan North and Emily Rose host special Golden Joystick Awards ceremony celebrating 50 Years of Games

Broadcasting on Twitch, YouTube and more on November 23rd at 9.30pm GMT / 4.30pm EST / 1.30pm PST
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Thursday 18 November, London 15:00 GMT:
The Golden Joystick Awards honor the games, developers and studios that have captured the world’s attention in 2021, with 18 categories voted for by the global gaming public, as well as two Critics Choice Awards. This year’s ceremony will also celebrate ‘50 Years of Games’ with two special awards for the Ultimate Game of All Time and the Best Gaming Hardware of All Time. Millions of votes have been cast, tune in to find out which games will take home the coveted Golden Joysticks this year.

The Golden Joystick Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9.30pm GMT / 4.30pm EST and 1.30pm PST via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and GamesRadar+.

Show highlights will include:

  • Hosted by Hollywood stars, Emily Rose and Nolan North, best known for working together as the lead actors on the Uncharted games series, Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher.
  • Special guests from across the gaming world will present over 20 Golden Joystick Awards to this year’s winners, including Studio of the Year, Ultimate Game of the Year and Best Game Community, as well as special awards Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time.
  • '50 Years of Games' exclusive pre-show documentary - from SpecialGun Productions, the producers of the Top Gear Gaming Show; featuring the most influential developers, games and hardware of the last half a century; including EA Founder Trip Hawkins, Doom co-creator John Romero and award-winning game designer Brenda Romero, plus a host of special guests.
  • '50 Years of Games' - a special musical performance from over 20 artists inc. The Chalkeaters, Trent Hamilton and Lenny, featuring video gaming's most beloved soundtracks and including some surprise guests!
  • OlliOlli World, the bold new skateboarding action-platformer, will reveal one of its core elements during this year's Golden Joystick Awards: The soundtrack! Music has always been a key component to help put players into a Zen-like flow-state so tune in to hear a selection of tracks featured in OlliOlli World when it launches this winter.
  • Exclusive game trailers and world premieres, including a special look at sci-fi thriller The Invincible and a world premier from open world survival horror game, Wronged Us.

Emily Rose said: “Join us on November 23rd to find out which games, studios and creatives have been chosen by you – the global gaming public – as the best games of the year, as well as special awards celebrating 50 years of videogames. It’s going to be a blast. Don’t miss it!”

Nolan North said: “We are honored to be presenting the Golden Joystick Awards – and what a show we have lined up for you! This year’s awards celebrate 50 years of video games. So as well as all the usual fun we will also be handing out gongs for the Ultimate Game of All Time and the Best Gaming Hardware of All Time. Will it be your favorite? Tune in on November 23rd to find out.”

The prestigious awards show is now in its 39th year and is the world’s largest public-voted gaming awards event attracting millions of votes every year. This year’s event is supported by Develop:Brighton. For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow us on Twitter and Facebook #GoldenJoystickAwards #50YearsOfGames.
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About The Golden Joystick Awards
The Golden Joystick Awards honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2021. The event features over 20 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the global gaming public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand. For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow us on,

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