Geoff Keighley has announced that The Game Awards will be going down as a digital event this year, proving once and for all that, even in the middle of a pandemic, life finds a way.
The award show/trailer sizzle reel will take place on December 10, and will be streaming from three locations: Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. In an interview with Variety, Keighley said there were plans to do the Game Awards from his home similar to the Summer Game Fest event that took place over the past few months, but after meetings with the event’s board members, it was decided that the show would still take place in all its elaborate glory. The only difference is that it will all be done digitally, with the audience being able to interact with the show in some capacity from home rather than being in front of a live audience.
“The response back from everyone was like, ‘no, it’s actually really, really important that we do The Game Awards this year,’” Keighley said.
“The message was also like, ‘no, you should still try and do the show in a big way.’ So it’s not like we’re doing it with a drastically reduced budget or it’s just gonna be me in one location,” he said. “Let’s do three cities. Let’s try and make it a big moment for the industry.”
While the setting will be different, some things are returning from last year’s show, including The Game Festival, which allowed viewers to play early demos of games for a limited time. In terms of new things happening at The Game Awards, Keighley has confirmed that a new award will be added to the show to recognize steps forward in accessibility for games.
And, of course, there will be major reveals this year, even in spite of the state of the world. The Game Awards has been known for having some substantial announcements alongside the award show, with last year featuring some big moments of its own. Like Microsoft revealing the Xbox Series X for the first time, and uh, the Fast and Furious game was there?
“The thing that I’m worried about more than anything is that — there’s so much anticipation for the show — is that we don’t have big games to announce to the fans, then that becomes a disappointment too. So I talked to all the game companies and they’re like ‘no, we’ve got great content to kind of show fans around games,’ and they’re really excited to show that,” he says. “So yeah, it’s gonna be a super interesting at the end of the year to see what comes out at the top.”
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The Game Awards is the latest industry gathering to shift its plans thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as several events, including BlizzCon and Tokyo Game Show, are pivoting to digital to keep everyone a minimum six feet away from each other.