Video games are big business. We all know this. But for some reason the awards shows for the industry haven't always been of the highest quality or highest caliber -- until Geoff Keighley rebooted The Game Awards as a more prestigious celebration of video game culture. However, this year there's going to be more than just one game awards show, and the new one is coming to a major television network.
Game Informer is reporting that the awards show will be slightly different from what Geoff Keighley has in store starting in early December. The show will be the Gamers' Choice Awards, and it's expected to air a few days after The Game Awards. You can expect to tune in starting Sunday, December 9th on CBS and the CBS Sports Network. It will air during the late afternoon between 5-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The show will be hosted by Carrie Keagan, who has appeared in a few movies such as Superbad and The Hangover, as well as hosted shows such as the Critics Choice Awards' and a few VH1 programs. Co-hosting alongside Keagan will be Twitch's own director of the production studio, Marcus "Djwheat" Graham. The show will only run for an hour, so there won't be a lot of opportunities to goof off or waste air-time.
The show will also have a similar categorical format as Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards, with various genres of games appearing on the show to receive the honor of being labeled as the best by gamers.
Voting will take place via the GamersChoice.tv website, where you register for an account, sign in, and then vote for the categories most important to you. There are a lot of categories, by the way. In fact, there are 50 different categories, each with their own nominees.
Many big-name games and big-name players within the gaming realm are on the list, including but not limited to Ninja, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Pokemon, to name but a few.
As pointed out by Game Informer, Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 was surprisingly absent from the list. The outlet suspects that the game released a little too far after the required deadline. It appears as if the cut-off was mid-October -- given that both Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 made the cut across various categories, and both of those games released in the first half of October, whereas Red Dead Redemption 2 launched at the end of October.
This also means that other November releases such as Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Battlefield V were also a little too late to the party to make the cut. It's also interesting that games from several years ago are also on the list, including Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege, so it's not necessarily including games that have come out in 2018 alone.
On the upside, there's still an opportunity to vote for some of the big upcoming games from next year, including Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II and Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. Voting is open right now, and you can expect to see the results when the show airs next month in December.