There won’t be a Video Game Awards or VGX this year. Instead, host Geoff Keighley has announced The Game Awards, a new video games industry awards show backed by major industry players like Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve that will air on December 5 across PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Steam (which will also host a limited time sale as part of the broadcast), and other platforms.
Like the VGAs and VGX before it, The Game Awards will feature “awards, world premiere announcements, musical performances, and other surprises.”
The show’s advisory board consists of:
- Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions president)
- Martin Tremblay (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president) – “It’s been an amazing year in games and we’re excited to celebrate the industry’s achievements at The Game Awards alongside friends, colleagues and fans around the world.”
- Peter Moore (Electronic Arts COO) – “Electronic Arts has long championed the way gaming brings together players with the talented teams behind the world’s greatest video games, and this event will be an exciting new opportunity to do just that. We look forward to supporting The Game Awards alongside our friends in the industry.”
- Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox) – “Xbox is proud to be a part of The Game Awards and to celebrate the creative and innovative work that happens across the gaming industry all year long. I am pleased Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners around the world will be able to watch the entire program through Xbox Live.”
- Reggie Fils-Aime (Nintendo of America president and COO)
- Rockstar Games – “We have long been believers in the potential for videogames to inspire, challenge and entertain, and we look forward to standing with the industry to celebrate the medium at The Game Awards this year.” (Jennifer Kolbe, VP of publishing at Rockstar Games)
- Shawn Layden (Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO) – “PlayStation looks forward to seeing our fans and celebrating with them both at The Game Awards and The PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas this December. For those who can’t join us in person, we will be livestreaming the weekend on PlayStation Network.”
- Yves Guillemot (Ubisoft CEO) – ““The Game Awards is a special event to honor the achievements in gaming, our talented developers and devoted fans. We look forward to celebrating the power of games this December.”
- Valve – “Valve is excited to share The Game Awards with over 100 million users on Steam around the world.” (Gabe Newell, founder and managing director at Valve)
The show will be held on December 5 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the AXIS Theater, a day before the start of Sony’s own PlayStation Experience event also in Las Vegas. If you’re interested in attending, tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET on Ticketmaster.
Visit the award show’s official website here.