For almost 90 years movies have had the Oscars. For almost 70 years television has had the Emmy Awards. For what will be 4 years in December, video games have had The Game Awards.
Since airing in 2014, The Game Awards have become THE place for gamers to come together to celebrate the video games that made that year special. It’s also become a major source of trailers and game reveals during a time of year that’s typically a barren wasteland, given the holiday season. This year, more eyes will be on Gaming’s Biggest Night, as Creator/Executive Producer Geoff Keighley and his team have made it their mission to expand The Game Awards, beyond its own borders, to a record 40 global video networks.
“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.”
On December 6, 2018, The Game Awards will air on the usual video sources of YouTube (in 4K UHD resolution), Twitter, Facebook, Mixer, Steam TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox Live, IGN, GameSpot, Polygon, MLG, Caffeine.tv, but it will also be broadcasted live with translation across 8 countries:
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
KOREA: AfreecaTV, KakaoTV, Naver
JAPAN: NicoNico, OpenRec
BRAZIL: CubeTV, StreamCraft, UOL Jogos
RUSSIA: GoodGame, VKontakte
That’s not the only big news The Game Awards is sharing, however. Since you can’t have an awards ceremony for gaming without some nominees, The Game Awards has announced that they will reveal this year’s crop of nominees Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9AM PT/12PM ET on The Game Awards domain. It’ll also be available as soon as it’s unveiled here, as well. Although, that’s not even the biggest news…
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.
Gaming’s biggest night definitely got a lot bigger. The Game Awards will air on December 6, 2018 at 6PM PT/ 9PM ET.