Like most of the other awards this year, The Game Awards go virtual December 10, live from Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. While the show has taken place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the past five years, with all the glitz and glamor you would expect from a major industry event, this year it will air from studios without audience. But, as usual, you will be able to watch it on 45 different services, with some offering 4K. Fans will also be able to participate via social media, gaming experiences and extensions on streaming sites, depending on the variety.
Organizer Geoff Keighley tells Variety he’s always intended to host the show this year, and he’s taking notes from other live events to find the best format possible. A notable addition: there will be a new “Accessibility Innovation” award, which will recognize the best hardware or software that has pushed the industry to be more inclusive for a wider audience. And as usual, you can expect plenty of exclusive game announcements and trailers.
The Games Festival is also making a comeback. It will be a weekend where audiences can immerse themselves in new content, game demos and live broadcasts. It was an intriguing way to recreate the feeling of being at a real gaming event last year – but it was also inadvertently a perfect test for being stuck at home during a global pandemic.
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