LOS ANGELES (November 9, 2018) – The Game Awards, the video game industry’s biggest celebration, is leveling up to reach even more gamers in 2018. This year’s gala broadcast, set for Thursday, December 6 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will livestream to gamers around the world across a record-setting 40 global video networks, including expanded distribution in China.
Hailed by The New York Times as “The Oscars of the gaming world,” The Game Awards reached over 18 million viewers in 2017. Designed exclusively for digital streaming platforms, The Game Awards brings together game developers, Esports champions, digital influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive new game announcements and musical performances. The Game Awards is available to watch for free across every major mobile, desktop and console devices used to play video games.
“Video games are a common passion around the world, and in 2018, The Game Awards is expanding its distribution to celebrate the power of games in more places than ever before,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/executive producer of The Game Awards. “We’re also giving gamers even more choice in how they select winners across the web, social media, Alexa Voice, Google Assistant, and for the first time ever, via a Discord server.”
Platforms that will air The Game Awards live on December 6 will include YouTube (in 4K UHD resolution), Twitter, Facebook, Mixer, Steam TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox Live, IGN, GameSpot, Polygon, MLG, Caffeine.tv, with more to be announced.
Internationally, The Game Awards will air live with translation on the following platforms:
- CHINA: Tencent QQ, EgameQQ, DouYu, Panda TV, BilliBili, Huya, NimoTV, Huomao, Longzhu, Wegame, iQIYI, G-Cores, Quanmin, Zhanqi.tv
- SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Bigo Live, Tamago
- TAIWAIN: KingKong
- KOREA: AfreecaTV, KakaoTV, Naver
- GERMANY: RocketBeans
- JAPAN: NicoNico, OpenRec
- BRAZIL: CubeTV, StreamCraft, UOL Jogos
- RUSSIA: GoodGame, VKontakte
Content creators on select platforms will also be able to co-stream the show and share it with their audience in real-time.
INNOVATIVE GAMERS’ CHOICE VOTING
Fans can help choose the winners in all categories via online voting across several digital and social platforms, including on TheGameAwards.com. Certain award categories can also be voted on directly via Facebook Messenger and Twitter Direct Message. Fans can talk to Amazon Alexa to vote for specific categories, and also use their voice to vote via The Game Awards action, which works with the Google Assistant.
In an industry-first, gamers will be able to help select the winners in all categories of The Game Awards by voting for their favorites in the official The Game Awards Discord server (discord.gg/thegameawards). The server, which is open for fans to join now, will be the place to get show info before, during and after the awards. Voting will officially open in-server on November 13 and run to December 5.
NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENT: NOVEMBER 13
Nominees for The Game Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 13 at Noon ET / 9am PT with a video announcement at TheGameAwards.com. News on world premieres, presenters, honorees, and musical performances will be announced in the coming weeks leading into the live show on Thursday, December 6.
The Game Awards is executive produced by Geoff Keighley and Kimmie H. Kim. LeRoy Bennett is creative director, and Rich Preuss is director.
Tickets to attend The Game Awards are now on sale for purchase via AXS.com, including special VIP packages.
For more information and to stay up to date on the latest announcements, please visit www.thegameawards.com