The Game Awards are like Christmas nerd and Geoff Keighley is Santa Claus. He’s also the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, and he’s standing in for your dad, and also the voice in your head. It’s everywhere these days, after all: Summer games festival, Gamescom, That THQ Nordic Live Stream, Death stranded, and apparently The haunted mansion of the Muppets. Pretty busy guy.
But of course he’s the host of The Game Awards, since that’s his baby – the awards show that usually brings multiple game announcements, exclusives, and premieres to our screens every December.
Last year’s event was broadcast virtually, with no in-person audience, but this year’s awards will return to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
For the 2020 Game Awards, the big winner of the night was The Last of Us II, which won Game of the Year and six other awards. The PlayStation also won big, with Sony Interactive Entertainment winning nine publisher awards. The presenters included Reggie Fils-Aimé, Troy Baker, Keanu Reeves, Tom Holland, Gal Gadot and Nintendo Life favorite Brie Larson, as well as Keighley’s new friend and co-worker, the Swedish chef. Also featured were performances by Eddie Vedder, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the OFK video game band.
In recent years, the Game Awards has been criticized for announcing many of their awards and winners, either in the pre-show or as a one-time quick list, as well as for reward games that have been criticized for violations of workers’ rights.
The 2020 Game Awards had 83 million streams, with a peak of 8.3 million simultaneous viewers.
Who do you think will win GOTY this year? Let us know in the comments.