It’s official, COVID isn’t stopping The Game Awards from happening this year, though it is changing it slightly. The Game Awards is set to air later this December, just as it has for the last six years. You’ll be able to watch the event online, but don’t expect to see a live audience. Or a single location for that matter.

Geoff Keighley Announces Premiere Date for The Game Awards 2020

The Game Awards, hosted by Geoff Keighley, is scheduled to air on December 10 with a livestream viewable across a number of platforms.

The core show will essentially be the same as previous shows, except instead of one location with a live audience, TGA 2020 will air from three different studio locations: Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. 

Obviously, due to COVID-19, there will be no live audience present at any of these three locations.

According to an article from NME, “viewers and co-streamers will instead be able to interact throughout with live in-game experiences, and interactive extensions on streaming platforms such as Twitch.” 

Another new change to The Game Awards format this year is a new award for Innovation in Accessibility. The description of the award was shared by Geoff Keighley on Twitter and reads:

“Recognizing developers that are pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology, and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.” 

From all of the information shared, it sounds like The Game Awards 2020 won’t mirror the flood of digital direct events that happened over the summer. Which is great, because there’s been a bit of digital direct fatigue. 

Instead of a basic direct-style broadcast, The Game Awards will have musical performances and awards presentations. And yes, there will be plenty of new game announcements to look forward to! 

“In 2020, video games have connected and comforted us more than ever, and that makes the 2020 edition of The Game Awards our most important show ever,” explained Geoff Keighley in the official press release.

“Our team is working hard to deliver an innovative and thoughtful program that celebrates excellence, previews the future, and amplifies important voices that are shaping the future of this medium.” 

We can’t wait to watch The Game Awards 2020 when they air on December 10, 2020. In fact, we’re already sitting here speculating over which games will be nominated.

What do you think? If you have TGA 2020 predictions, we’d love to hear you share them with us on our social media channels!