This 12 months’s Sport Awards ceremony will likely be held digitally this 12 months on December 10th amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Geoff Keighley, the Toronto-born host and producer of the present, has introduced.
Whereas Keighley had confirmed to IGN last month that the Awards have been certainly continuing amid the worldwide well being disaster, he didn’t present a lot in the best way of particulars moreover noting that the occasion could be carried out in a protected, physically-distant method.
Now, Keighley has revealed that the Sport Awards will likely be streamed stay from three areas in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo on December 10th, all with none in-person audiences. As an alternative, followers all over the world can tune right into a 4K UHD stream that will likely be out there throughout 45 completely different international video platforms.
Moreover, instead of permitting individuals to attend bodily, the Sport Awards will let viewers to “take part and nearly work together with the present throughout social media, via stay in-game experiences, and by way of interactive extensions on main streaming platforms.”
Keighley didn’t elaborate on what these is perhaps, nevertheless it’s potential that they might be within the vein of the distinctive digital experiences he produced final 12 months.
In December, Keighley partnered with Epic Video games and Disney to drop an unique tease at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from within Fortnite, with director and co-writer J.J. Abrams even showing in-game by way of his personal avatar. For final 12 months’s Sport Awards, Keighley additionally labored with EA to have Apex Legends’ Mirage character talk with him live through a real-time motion-capture performance from actor Roger Craig Smith.
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THE GAME AWARDS
Thursday, December 10
🔴 Los Angeles
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 23, 2020
Subsequently, it’s potential Keighley is planning the same type of distinctive programming for 2020’s present.
Chatting with Variety, Keighley additionally famous that he’s been being attentive to the plethora of digital occasions which have been held over the previous a number of months to make The Sport Awards’ first-ever all-digital ceremony go easily. Additional, he’s been taking Zoom calls with fans to garner feedback.
When it comes to format, he stated the Sport Awards may do one thing much like what the Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences did with the Emmys last weekend, the place every metropolis has remoted visitors that current on stage, whereas nominees seem by way of video.
Total, although, this 12 months’s present will nonetheless have the entire hallmarks of these from years’ previous, Keighley stated, together with the reveal of the awards winners themselves, world premieres of recent video games, musical performances and extra. The Sport Pageant, which debuted final 12 months, will even return to supply a weekend of playable recreation content material, demos, in-game content material drops and extra.
The total checklist of nominees have but to be decided, Keighley famous, though this 12 months can have a brand new class to honour innovation in accessibility. It’s additionally presently unclear what kind of new video games will likely be revealed on the occasion, however Keighley teased that publishers can have “nice content material” to unveil.
Provided that the Sport Awards come shortly after the launch of the next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, it’s protected to not less than anticipate a style of what’s to come back to these platforms in 2021 and past.
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