The Game Awards 2016, where the best games of 2016 will be celebrated, are almost upon us, and it’s already set to become one of the biggest digital events EVER. Airing live from the Microsoft Theater in LA on December 1st, there have been numerous ways to watch the event announced today, including through virtual reality, Twitter, and a simulcast in China. So even if you don’t live in LA, you can at least feel like you’re almost there, ever so slightly.
I can feel the lights flashing directly into my face from all the way in New York!
Produced and hosted by entrepreneur Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards 2016 will be able to be viewed from a variety of devices, including the consoles you used to have played some of the nominees. Here’s Geoff talking about the innovations media have made to make award shows more viewable:
“Video games have the power to unite communities from all over the world, and this year we will share the power of gaming with more people than ever before. For 2016 we will expand our all-digital, no-friction path to global distribution through partnerships that include the first live awards show broadcast on Twitter, an initiative with Tencent to bring The Game Awards live to China, and our innovative, first-of-its-kind live VR broadcast with Next VR.”
NextVR will be livestreaming the show in VR through their app. Multiple vantage points will be available, as well as an on-stage robotic camera surprisingly NOT intent on destroying all of humanity.
Tencent’s internet platforms will handle the event in China, through the QQ.com website. The Game Awards 2016 will be translated, and there will be a “Fans Choice Award,” based on nominees selected by Tencent’s gaming editors. The winners will be announced during the show.
The Game Awards will be the first ever live awards show broadcast on Twitter, and tweets and polls will be shown during the broadcast.
The awards show will also be shown on Facebook Live, and there will be a special room made for users where they can chat up the nominees and interact with them in real time. No awkward hand shakes required!
Like last year, The Game Awards 2016 will be airing on PlayStation Network, Steam, Twitch, Xbox Live, YouTube, and highlights will also be featured in a Snapchat Live Story, making it statistically IMPOSSIBLE to miss. Xbox users will make use of a leaderboard to compete against their friends in trying to guess the winners of top categories, because the competitive nature of gamers cannot be contained to mere videogames. Twitch will also offer co-streaming both on-site and off.
Also returning to the frustration of many gamers who just want to not spend money on games all the time is “The Game Awards Sale.” Look forward to sales on some of the game nominees through PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam.
More information on The Game Awards 2016 can be found here. For any of our readers who want to attend the show in person, tickets are on sale here.
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