The Game Awards 2017 announce surprise performance, fan voting, new ways to watch and more
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The Game Awards will return to Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for its fourth annual ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 7. The popular award show dedicated to video games will again be hosted by longtime executive producer and show creator Geoff Keighley.

This year, The Game Awards 2017 will feature a unique ensemble of "some of the world's most talented orchestral and rock musicians," as Keighley explained. Fittingly named The Game Awards Orchestra, the unit will include performances from a variety of special guests and musical artists throughout the evening that will bring to life the music from "video games of the past, present and future," according to Keighley.

Another major change to this year's awards is fan voting, which will be offered for three select categories. Outside the fan voted categories, winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts and influencers. The full list of nominees is set announce Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. ET with details on fan voting to follow, so stay tuned.

If you're not able to make it to LA, the 2017 ceremony will be broadcast on more platforms and in more languages than in any of its three previous years. South Korea broadcasts include Afreeca TV and Kakao TV while Japan will use NicoNico, Tencent in China and OUL Jogos in Brazil. Traditional social media channels that will broadcast the show include Facebook, GameSpot, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Snapchat Live Story, Xbox Live, PlayStation Store and more. Facebook will also be live streaming the event and starting next week, will exclusively present a five-week behind-the-scenes series titled “The Road to The Game Awards.”

Those of you looking to experience the show live, tickets are now available exclusively through AXS. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at Microsoft Theater with the ceremony scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.