Plenty of game events this year have been canceled or otherwise shifted their plans, but The Game Awards will still proceed. Organizer Geoff Keighley talked about how the event will still take place, on-schedule, albeit in a completely digital format.
“What I will say about it is, we have a very interesting plan for the show this year,” Keighley told IGN. “We’re definitely doing it. A lot of people are [asking], ‘Are you delaying it? The Oscars are being postponed, are you postponing The Game Awards?’ We are absolutely not. We’ll share more in the coming weeks about it, but it’s actually probably going to be our biggest show yet.”
Keighley acknowledges that it obviously can’t gather 10,000 people in a single room due to the coronavirus, but he says the plans involve more than him simply streaming by himself. He says this week’s Gamescom Opening Night Live presentation will show some of his plans for the awards show.
“I’m really passionate about [still] doing the show live, versus something pre-recorded. So, yeah, we’re working on some scenarios for ways we can present the show live with a bit of spectacle to people… without the public [being] able to buy tickets to come to the show, and things like that, this year.”
Keighley is the producer of The Game Awards, one of the largest industry award events. He is also hosting the Gamescom kick-off event on Thursday, August 27. That will serve as the end-cap for his Summer Game Fest event, which spanned months and was meant to help fill the gap left by E3’s cancellation.