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The Game Awards, formerly known as the VGX and VGAs, will be broadcast live, and you can watch the winners, new game trailers, and surprise announcements here.

The nominees for the the former VGAs have already been announced, and you’ll get to see who the winners are live on Friday, December 5 at 6PM PST. We’ll have a livestream of the show embedded above as well as interviews from the red carpet and analysis and commentary immediately after show.

While the focus of the VGAs will, obviously, be on awards, the event also promises to reveal new trailers for upcoming games and “more than a dozen world premieres.” However, Bethesda has already confirmed that one of those reveals will not be for a new Fallout. And a Microsoft executive has confirmed there will be no new Xbox One exclusives announced at the show (but that doesn’t rule out multiplatform games).

Don’t worry if you miss the show live, we’ll have all the new trailers and a list of the award winners right here on GameSpot. And be sure to tune in over the weekend for even more exciting new announcements as Sony hosts the PlayStation experience over the weekend.

It’s a free-to-play, “persistent-world strategy game” from Creative Assembly.

London-based developer Creative Assembly has announced Total War Battles: Kingdom, a free-to-play, “persistent-world strategy game,” due out “soon” for mobile devices and PC. Set during the turn of the 10th century, Kingdom combines realm-building and tactical battles, according to publisher Sega.

“Ultimately, players will be able to join in massed multiplayer wars against other lords in a fight for the throne,” reads a line from the game’s description. “Deception, spying, and outright betrayal against enemies and friends alike will see the devious player rewarded.”

Creative Assembly’s Renaud Charpentier said Kingdom benefits from the developer’s learnings on Total War Battles: Shogun, the spinoff released in 2012. Charpentier says Kingdom was designed to be accomodating to players wherever they are.

“Whether that’s on the move or at work over lunch,” he said. “It shouldn’t matter where you want to play; we want to make it easy to come back again and again to your flourishing Kingdom. Then, we ramp up the complexity and challenge, adding more options to your Machiavellian schemes.”

Kingdom will be available soon via a closed beta on PC. You can register for the beta at the game’s website today. For more on Kingdom, check out the trailer above.

In addition to Kingdom, Creative Assembly is working on Total War: Attila and Total War Arena. The studio’s most recently released game was Alien: Isolation.

Platform’s 100 million users can now stream their gameplay without Twitch.Valve’s juggernaut digital PC gaming platform Steam today added a major new feature: broadcasting. Steam Broadcasting allows Steam users to watch their friends’ games with just one press of a button. In a statement, Valve said Steam Broadcasting was designed for “ease of use.” And indeed, it is simple. All you’ll need to do is click “Watch Game” on your friend’s profile to see their gameplay. Valve points out that there are no strings attached–you don’t have to also own the game, pay a fee, or install any additional apps. To try out Steam Broadcasting today, all you need to do is opt in to the Steam Client Beta, which you can do through the Steam Settings panel. It’s not all good news, however, as Valve cautions that “bandwidth may be limited” during the Steam Broadcast beta, suggesting you may run into a few technical snags here and there. Steam Broadcast will have a variety of privacy settings. When a friend requests to watch your game, you can allow or block their attempt. You can also choose from the following privacy settings regarding who is able to watch your games. Only friends I invite can watch my games Friends can request to watch my games (default) Friends can watch my games Anyone can watch my games (public broadcast, can be found in the game hub) By default, only gameplay is visible to people watching Steam streams. However, you can choose “Broadcast my desktop when not in game” through the Broadcast options page. Steam Broadcasts also forbid a range of content. This includes the following: Porn, inappropriate or offensive content, warez, or leaked content or anything else not safe for work Any discussion of piracy Cheating, hacking, game exploits Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke Posted copyright material such as magazine scans Soliciting, begging, auctioning, raffling, selling, advertising, referrals Racism or discrimination Abusive language, including swearing Steam Broadcasts are also live-only; archiving is not supported. You can read lots more about Steam Broadcasts on the Steam website. In releasing Steam Broadcasting, Valve is entering the streaming market currently dominated by Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. Steam is indeed a force, with 100 million accounts, though it remains to be seen what effect Steam Broadcasting might have on Twitch.

Valve’s juggernaut digital PC gaming platform Steam today added a major new feature: broadcasting. Steam Broadcasting allows Steam users to watch their friends’ games with just one press of a button.

In a statement, Valve said Steam Broadcasting was designed for “ease of use.” And indeed, it is simple. All you’ll need to do is click “Watch Game” on your friend’s profile to see their gameplay.

Valve points out that there are no strings attached–you don’t have to also own the game, pay a fee, or install any additional apps. To try out Steam Broadcasting today, all you need to do is opt in to the Steam Client Beta, which you can do through the Steam Settings panel.

It’s not all good news, however, as Valve cautions that “bandwidth may be limited” during the Steam Broadcast beta, suggesting you may run into a few technical snags here and there.

Steam Broadcast will have a variety of privacy settings. When a friend requests to watch your game, you can allow or block their attempt. You can also choose from the following privacy settings regarding who is able to watch your games.

Only friends I invite can watch my games
Friends can request to watch my games (default)
Friends can watch my games
Anyone can watch my games (public broadcast, can be found in the game hub)
By default, only gameplay is visible to people watching Steam streams. However, you can choose “Broadcast my desktop when not in game” through the Broadcast options page.

Steam Broadcasts also forbid a range of content. This includes the following:

Porn, inappropriate or offensive content, warez, or leaked content or anything else not safe for work
Any discussion of piracy
Cheating, hacking, game exploits
Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke
Posted copyright material such as magazine scans
Soliciting, begging, auctioning, raffling, selling, advertising, referrals
Racism or discrimination
Abusive language, including swearing
Steam Broadcasts are also live-only; archiving is not supported. You can read lots more about Steam Broadcasts on the Steam website.

In releasing Steam Broadcasting, Valve is entering the streaming market currently dominated by Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. Steam is indeed a force, with 100 million accounts, though it remains to be seen what effect Steam Broadcasting might have on Twitch.

Gifts can’t be traded now for the first 30 days.

Valve has changed Steam’s policy to disallow users from immediately trading games purchased as gifts.

The company made the announcement with brief post to the Steam Trading Cards Group page. “We’ve made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts,” Valve said. “We’re hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser’s payment method.”

Games purchased as gifts can still be gifted at any time, of course, but if you’re just keeping the item in your inventory you won’t be able to trade it for 30 days after purchase. Theoretically, this should help prevent cases where users buy games from third parties only to have those keys revoked, as was the case for some users who bought Sniper Elite III back in June.

If you’re looking for great deals on Steam games, Steam is currently holding its Exploration-themed fall sale

Daedalic Entertainment says it will be an adventure game slated for 2017.

Blackguards developer Daedalic Entertainment has announced that it will develop a game based on Ken Follett’s best-selling historical novel The Pillars of the Earth.

The book isn’t the kind that usually gets adapted by game developers. Written by Ken Follett and first published in 1989, the novel follows disputes between clergy, nobility, and regular people, revolving around the building of a cathedral in a tumultuous 12th century England. The book was made into a miniseries in 2010 that aired on Starz in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.

Founder and CEO of Daedalic Carsten Fichtelmann that the adventure game genre would be the most suitable way to adapt that material.

“I’m thrilled that The Pillars of the Earth is going to be turned into a computer game by Daedalic,” Follett said. “I believe this will bring my work to the attention of a new generation of readers.”

The game is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and iOS in 2017, alongside a new book in the series.

Get Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for $20 The Last of Us Remastered for $22, and more.

The best new deal of the day is from Amazon, which is offering the PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $20.

Steam’s Exploration-themed Fall sale is still going, Microsoft has a huge sale with up to 75 percent of on Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, and Origin is discounting over 200 PC games.

Even Blizzard, which doesn’t discount its games as often, is offering Diablo III for $20, World of Warcraft (including the first four expansions) for $5, and more.

If you’re looking for the best Black Friday deals, check out our roundup of offers in the US and the UK.

Below you’ll find today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

Sony’s Black Friday PSN Flash Sale has InFamous Second Son for $20, Transistor for $8, and more.

Sony is discounting co-op games like Rayman Legends, Far Cry 3, and many others by as much as 80 percent in its PlayStation Store co-op sale. Full details on this promo are available here.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — $25 (Amazon)
The Last of Us Remastered — $22 (Amazon)
Watch Dogs — $30 (Kmart)
MLB 14: The Show — $20 (Amazon)
Far Cry 4 — $50 (Kmart)
Assassin’s Creed Unity — $50 (Kmart)
Destiny — $40 (Newegg)
Battlefield 4 — $30 (Walmart)
Killzone: Shadow Fall — $21 (Amazon)
Knack — $20 (Amazon)
Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition — $25 (Amazon)
Xbox One

Amazon has the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle for $330

Microsoft has a huge sale with up to 75 percent off on Xbox One and Xbox 360 games as well as hardware bundles and accessories. Find our full breakdown of what’s available here.

This week’s Deals with Gold also includes more games and add-ons than usual, with 40 percent off Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition, 30 percent off Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and more. You can find a complete list of discounts here.

Alien: Isolation — $40 (Amazon)
Madden 15 — $30 (Kmart)
Assassin’s Creed Unity — $50 (Kmart)
Far Cry 4 — $50 (Kmart)
Destiny — $40 (Newegg)
Sleeping Dog: Definitive Edition — $40 (Amazon)
Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition — $25 (Amazon)
PC

Steam’s Exploration-themed Fall sale will last through December 2. Here are some highlights available for the next 48 hours:

Dark Souls — $5
State of Decay — $5
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition — $10.19
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — $20
The Banner Saga — $5
Darksiders II — $4.49
Pay what you want for the Humble Sega Bundle which includes games like NiGHTS Into Dreams, Empire: Total War, and the Dreamcast Collection.

Green Man Gaming’s Black Friday sale has Company of Heroes 2 for $10, and more.

Origin is offering over 200 titles at up to 75 percent off, including the Mass Effect Trilogy for $15, Titanfall for $5, and more. You can check out the entire list on Origin here

Blizzard Entertainment has rolled out its pre-Black Friday deals:

Diablo III – $20
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – $20
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe Edition – $40
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – $10
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition – $25
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty – $10
World of Warcraft (includes main game, as well as Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria expansions) – $5
If you don’t mind installing Arc, you can get Torchlight for free.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — $20 (Amazon)
Wii U

Best Buy is offering a Wii U with Super Smash Bros and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze for $360.

Toys R Us has a “buy 1 get 40 percent off” deal on Amiibo.

Target is offering a $15 gift card with Super Smash Bros for Wii U.

3DS

Get a Nintendo 3DS XL New Super Super Mario Bros 2 Limited Edition for $150 from Walmart.

Get a 3DS XL plus one of 13 games for $219 or less at Walmart.

Mario Party: Island Tour — $15 (Kmart)
Hardware

Logitech G700s — $50 (Amazon)
Razer DeathAdder — $40 (Amazon)
Samsung 58-inch 1080p 60Hz TV — $698 (Walmart)
AMD FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition — $85 (Amazon)
AMD FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor — $140 (Amazon)

Get Civilization: Beyond Earth for $35, Company of Heroes 2 for $10, and more.

As early reports indicated, Steam’s Exploration-themed Fall sale kicked off today, and will last through December 2.

Unlike last year’s Fall sale, this one will will not include any flash sales, with some deals lasting for 48 hours and others for 24 hours.

Here are some highlights available for the next 48 hours:

Watch Dogs — $30
Civilization: Beyond Earth — $35
Lords Of The Fallen — $30
The Stanley Parable — $4.49
The Wolf Among Us — $8.49
Dead Island — $5
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter — $12
FTL — $3
Company of Heroes 2 — $10
The Evil Within — $20.39
Don’t Starve — $3.74
If you’re looking for more great prices on games, keep an eye out for our regular roundups of Gaming Deals, and GameSpot’s roundup of Black Friday sales, which will be posted tomorrow.

“Blood Sport,” a system where taking in-game damage draws real-world blood, gets shut down by Kickstarter.

When you lose blood in the game, you also lose it in real life. That’s the concept for Blood Sport, a new gaming project that was seeking funds on Kickstarter before the crowdfunding site suspended it.

The concept is relatively simple. Every time your character took damage in a game, any game, the system would draw blood into a sterilized donation bag similar to the standard blood bank experience.

Here’s how it works. When you take damage in a game like Call of Duty, the controller rumbles. All Blood Sport’s creators did was re-route this signal, using an Arduino Board, to determine how much blood is drawn. The process would stop when you reach the set blood donation quantity.

The system factors in your age, weight, and preexisting medical conditions, too.

Blood Sport’s creators were hoping to take the system across Canada, with gaming gatherings that effectively double as blood donation events.

“We are simply creating the gaming hardware that will allow us to get gamers thinking about more important issues while still doing what they love,” the team said. “From there, we’ll partner with the appropriate organizations in both the gaming and medical communities to bring it all to life.”

Blood Sport was aiming to begin a tour of Canada on March 17, timed with the release of Battlefield Hardline in an effort to drum up hype. The project’s creators were also hoping to get celebrities such as PewDiePie, Seth Rogen, Snoop Dog, and Conan O’Brien to play Blood Sport.

The project was created by just two people, Taran Chadha and Jamie Umpherson, who are working on Blood Sport in their spare time.

In terms of safety, the Blood Sport team says all tests were conducted alongside medical professionals. And while Blood Sport’s system should know when to stop drawing blood, in the event that there is a problem, a medical technician standing by would step in, the creators say.

It is unclear why Blood Sport, which launched on Kickstarter November 18 and gathered close to CA$4,000 ($3,500) of its CA$250,000 goal, was suspended just this week. The game’s creators could not be reached, and a Kickstarter represented declined to comment when approached by CNET.

We’ll continue to monitor this story as it unfolds.

PayPal email indicates Steam Fall Sale starts on Wednesday.

It looks like the Steam Fall sale is kicking off this Wednesday, November 26, which is either the best or worst news depending on how much money you have in your wallet.

Valve hasn’t made an official announcement, but an email from PayPal (via VG247) encouraged customers to stock up on Steam Wallet codes from the PayPal Digital Gift store, saying the Steam Fall Sale will run from November 26 to December 1.

Not a huge surprise given that the sale started around the same time last year, running through Black Friday and ending right after Cyber Monday. Last year, the sale included general sales in place until the end of the promotion, Daily Deals that last for 48 hours, and Flash Sales that changed every eight hours.

If you’re looking for more great prices on games, keep an eye out for our regular roundups of Gaming Deals.

“Industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability.”

GameStop is worried that digital games could drive game prices dangerously low, according to a statement from the company’s president Tony Bartel in its most recent quarterly earnings report.

Bartel said that GameStop estimates that $100 million-worth of games have been digitally delivered for free as part of hardware bundles like the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle and the PlayStation 4 upcoming Black Friday Bundle.

“We want to help ensure that our industry does not make the same mistake as other entertainment categories by driving the perceived value of digital goods significantly below that of a physical game,” Bartel said (via Seekingalpha.com). “When the free digital token programs end, we believe that the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability and encourages a great innovation that this category needs.”

Bartel also said that recent research indicated that the average price a consumer pays for a full, AAA game download is $22. When asked what price consumers expected to pay for a full game digital download, they said approximately $35.

Two important pieces of information that Bartel didn’t mention about that study are which platforms did these consumers buy these games for (Console or PC, where platforms like Steam offer regular sales), and how long after the release of these games did consumers buy them for $22. Later in the call, Bartell said that $22 is “clearly an unsustainable price point for a game that physically is at $60.”

How much do you expect to pay for full, digital games? Let us know in the comments below.