The annual The Game Awards, which now rounds out the year in December with a number of prestigious awards presented to games released within a year-long window between shows, while also showcasing new trailers and 'World Premiers' from developers and publishers around the world, had its total viewership in 2018 more than double that of last year.
Geoff Keighley, the show's creator and presenter, has revealed overnight that there were over 26.2 million livestreams of this year's show "up 128% from 2017’s record-setting performance of 11.5 million livestreams".
“Five years in, it’s amazing to see The Game Awards continue to grow both domestically and internationally,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/producer/host of The Game Awards, via press release. “These results further validate our focus on an all-digital, no-friction approach of sharing this show globally across more than 45 video platforms, not to mention the growing interest and passion for video games around the world.”
Keighley also points out that for the fourth year in a row The Game Awards was the number one trend on Twitter, revealing that "#TheGameAwards hashtag usage was up 1.6x over 2017 and overall conversation was up 1.9x YOY, with more than 1.8x the number of unique authors".
The Game Awards featured highlight moments such as God of War winning Game of the Year; a joint moment on stage between Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, PlayStation’s Shawn Layden and Xbox’s Phil Spencer; a spectacular musical performance from Red Dead Redemption 2 featuring Daniel Lanois and Rhiannon Giddens; and SonicFox winning Esports Player of the Year. More than 10 new games were announced during the program including Mortal Kombat 11 from NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order from Nintendo; CTR from Activision; #TheDreadWolfRises from BioWare and Electronic Arts; and Far Cry New Dawn from Ubisoft. Talent appearing during The Game Awards included Jonah Hill, Christoph Waltz, The Russo Brothers, Rosa Salazar, JackSepticEye, Ninja, Pokimane, The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), Pepe the King Prawn from the Muppets and Joel McHale, in addition to The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by Lorne Balfe and featuring special guests Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, Lena Raine (composer, Celeste) and Sarah Schachner (composer, Anthem)
The Game Awards aired globally across more than 45 digital video networks including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live, GameSpot, IGN, PlayStation Store, Mixer and Steam. Internationally the program aired on more than a dozen networks in China including Tencent/eGame QQ, Huya, DouYu, PandaTV, iQIYI, Zhanqi.tv, Huomao, BiliBili, NetEase CC, and WeGame, as well as live distribution in Japan (NicoNico and OpenRec), Russia (VK, GoodGame), Germany (RocketBeans), South East Asia (Bigo Live, KingKong, Nimo TV), South Korea (Afreeca TV, KakaoTV, Naver) and Brazil (Omelete TV, UOL Jogos, Voxel, Cube TV, Nimo TV).
To date, here are the livestream numbers for The Game Awards (does not include VOD viewership):
2018: 26.2 Million (Up 128%)
2017: 11.5 Million (Up 202%)
2016: 3.8 Million (Up 65%)
2015: 2.3 Million (Up 23%)
2014: 1.9 Million
As stated in the past, this year marked the third year AusGamers was invited to represent Australia alongside Stevivor and Press-Start as official judges.