Produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley, who formerly worked on the decade-long predecessor, the Spike Video Game Awards, The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony honouring outstanding artistic, technical and game-play achievements in the video game industry, spanning console, mobile and PC gaming, as well as eSports. Why the ceremony helps us to find the game of the year, it also features the premieres of new titles and an in-depth look at previously announced games. Airing on December 1st this year, it will be the shows third and biggest event yet, and will be shown live on every gaming screen and in VR.
This year would have to to be some of the strongest competition I’ve seen for selection, with 2016 being one of the best years for new releases in gaming for some time in my opinion. The final nominees for Game of the Year are Doom, Inside, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The most votes of any game this year went to Uncharted 4, with eight overall. Firewatch, Inside, and Overwatch all came in second with five nominations each. Check out the Nominee Announcement video below…
And more exciting news, in a post on Twitter, Nintendo of America revealed that “an exclusive look” at the upcoming Nintendo Switch and Wii U title Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be shown at the event. In addition, The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley posted a pair of teaser images to his Twitter. This has sent the Zelda loving world ablaze again after news earlier of Breath of the Wilds delay. This isn’t the only big announcement with Mass Effect Andromeda, Telltale Games The Walking Dead Season 3 – A New Frontier and Prey and gearing up to be previewed and show gameplay footage.
This years event is set to once again raise the roof, like it does every year. As you would expect The Game Awards is not only jam packed with killer gaming content and reveals but also music to keep everyone pumped. Last year featured the amazing talented Deadmau5 and this year Run the Jewels (who featured in Gears of War 4) will bring it; this is the event of the year or video game fans!
For ways to watch The Game Awards, get ready for 12:30PM AEST Friday December 2nd and check out our list below:
The Game Awards will also be viewable through PS4 and Xbox One. And for those keen to check out the virtual reality rendition of The Game Awards, it will be available on the NextVR mobile app on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream.