The Game Awards 2016 are a month away, and there are going to be a lot of ways for players to watch live.
The Game Awards has always been one of the widest distributed digital events, but The Game Awards 2016 is looking to become the widest distributed events in history. The awards show will air live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, December 1. Those who can’t attend in-person will have many different options to watch the awards show via mobile, desktop, console, and even VR devices.
“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,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/producer of The Game Awards. “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.”
The Game Award’s partnership with NextVR makes the show the first awards show to livestream in virtual reality. All viewers need to do is download the NextVR app to get a front-row seat to the show. Of course, there will be multiple different vantage points those watching in VR can watch from including an on-stage robotic camera that will move around to continuously give VR viewers a new perspective.
Additionally, The Game Awards 2016 will embrace Twitter and Facebook Live. The Game Awards will be the first live awards show broadcast on the platform, and comments and user polls will be integrated into the broadcast. Viewers can also access the show for the first time through Facebook Live. In addition, Facebook is partnering with The Game Awards to create a special Backstage Facebook Live room.
Of course, you’ll still be able to watch The Game Awards using traditional distribution channels. This includes Snapchat, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Steam, Twich, and YouTube. Additionally,’The Game Awards Sale’ returns after its successful run last year. Fans watching on PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam will have the opportunity to purchase select nominated games at a discount.
The Game Awards 2016 will be held on December 1. Details on the nominees, world premieres, presenters, and musical presenters will be released in the near future.