During Gamescom Opening Night Live, a fan stepped on stage yelling into Geoff Keighley’s mic that he wants GTA. Keighley was clearly shaken by the incident. It took him about a minute to recover and continue with the show. He wants to make sure that a similar scenario doesn’t play out at this year’s The Game Awards.
We can also recall that The Game Awards was also interrupted last year when the Game of the Year winner was announced. Persistent stage invasion has raised concerns about the safety of the guests who mount the stage to give or receive awards or talk about upcoming titles—and the show host.
Geoff Keighley hosted a Q&A session in the form of a Twitch livestream where he answered questions fans had about the upcoming event. A fan asked if security will be beefed up at this year’s show to prevent a third stage invasion incident.
“Yeah, we are,” Keighley replied. “We don’t want to talk about that stuff too publicly, just because it’s security. We definitely have plans and we’re trying to do all we can to keep me safe, but also everyone watching the show, the audience, people participating in the show, and everything. It’s certainly something we’re thinking about. We appreciate the concern.”
Usually, security details are not publicly disclosed. If every security detail is out in the open, would-be invaders would simply work on a way to bypass whatever security measure has been put in place. Therefore, not openly talking about security details provides an element of surprise that helps to clamp down on stage invaders.
“Believe me, that’s something that is top of mind for us, but we also want to put on a great show that celebrates these games, and celebrates our love of video games, so that’s an important thing to keep in mind as well. But year, I appreciate the concern around that.”Geoff Keighley
The Game Awards Player’s Voice opens today
Fan votes make up only 10% of the decision in the other categories of The Game Awards. The bulk of the voting decisions are made by the jury which comprises over 100 media professionals. Therefore, the fan favorite in most of The Game Awards categories doesn’t always come out as the winners.
However, Player’s Voice is the only category where fan vote makes up 100% of the decision. This category was created in response to the criticism of the show that happens when fan favorites don’t win in their nominated categories.
A total of thirty nominees will be revealed today in the Player’s Voice category and fans will be required to vote for their favorite title out of the 30. After the first round of voting, the list will be trimmed down to 10 and fans will have to repeat the process again.
After the second round of voting, the list will be trimmed down to 5 games and fans will need to repeat the process again for the last time. The overall winner in this category after the last round of voting will be announced live at The Game Awards on December 7.
“You can still vote in all the other categories if you haven’t already,” said Geoff Keighley. “That voting continues on through December the 6th, the day before the show.”
Asked if “anything special” would be shown, Keighley said hopefully there would be special stuff shown. However, he maintained that “everything’s in the eye of the beholder” because it depends on the games that you want to see announced.
“They’re going to be a lot of incredible games from incredible teams all around the world showcasing kind of where games are going next,” Geoff Keighley said.
If you missed the livestream of the Q&A, see the recap of the show in the embedded video below.
30 games are in contention in round 1:
- Alan Wake 2
- Apex Legends
- Armored Core VI
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Counter-Strike 2
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Destiny 2
- Diablo IV
- Final Fantasy XVI
- Fortnite Genshin Impact
- GTA Online
- Hi-Fi Rush
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Honkai: Star Rail
- League of Legends
- Lies of P
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
- Mortal Kombat 1
- No Man’s Sky
- Octopath Traveler II
- Resident Evil 4
- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
- Street Fighter 6
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
You can vote for Player’s Voice here.
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