2017 Promises a Big Award Show
Video game awards provide opportunities for gamers to get together for the sake of celebrating games, eSports, and rubbing salt on wounds. This year’s showing of The Game Awards promises to be big, with a live orchestra and plenty of ways to view. Here’s the ‘when,’ the ‘where,’ and the ‘how.’
According to a press release, The Game Awards will air live on December 7th, Thursday, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will be available to watch on 16 streaming platforms and localized in multiple languages, including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Moreover, it will be available in 4K HD.
Live distribution partners for 2017 include
- AfreecaTV (South Korea)
- KakaoTV (South Korea)
- NicoNico (Japan)
- PlayStation Store
- Tencent (China)
- UOL Jogos (Brazil)
- Xbox Live
- YouTube (in 4K Ultra HD)
And more will be announced later down the line.
“The Game Awards unites the global gaming community, no matter who you are, where you live, or what type of video games you enjoy,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/executive producer of The Game Awards. “This year we are excited to add even more partners to our distribution matrix, give fans new ways to interact with the show, and introduce several exciting new elements including The Game Awards Orchestra.”
There will be plenty of music dedicated to games past, present, and future, and 2017 will mark the debut of The Game Awards Orchestra. Every major video gaming event needs a live orchestra, as Sony aptly demonstrated at E3 2016.
Aside from simply watching the event, viewers will be able to participate via online voting. Here are the details:
On Twitter, The Game Awards will once again air live globally, creating a unified experience for viewers to watch and comment on gaming’s biggest night. In addition to an on-site activation at the event, this year a custom #TheGameAwards emoji will enhance the live conversation on Twitter, and, for the first time, users will be able to vote on select categories via Twitter DM. Live Twitter comments on breaking news and the results of Twitter user polls will be integrated into the broadcast.
The Game Awards is teaming up with Facebook for an integrated experience around this year’s Awards. In addition to airing The Game Awards on Facebook Live, Facebook Watch will be the exclusive home for a 5-week behind the scenes series, “The Road to The Game Awards.” Premiering the week of November 13th, this docu-reality series takes viewers behind the scenes during the final month of production on the awards. Facebook will also create a special Backstage room at the show, where nominees and digital influencers can go live on their pages to interact with fans in real time.
Nominees for Awards will be announced at 10 AM ET / 7 AM PT on Tuesday, November 14. Catch the names so that you can find them in “The Game Awards Sale” in the Microsoft Store, Steam, and the PlayStation Store. If you would like to attend the event, tickets are now on sale at AXS.com. Stay tuned for more details in early December.
Will you be viewing The Game Awards 2017? Let us know which game you’re rooting for in the comments below.
SOURCE: Press Release