The Game Awards, not to be confused with the illustrious Shacknews Awards, is welcoming an interactive element via live stream. The 2017 nominees were announced a few days ago, Early Access nominations included, and Twitch users will be able to predict winners and compete with the communities of other streamers for the most correct predictions via a new interactive voting feature.
The new voting Extension was created by Muxy and is called Community Predictions. It supplies streamers with an overlay that allows viewers to vote and see who has the majority vote from that particular community.
“One of the thrills of watching award shows is guessing who is going to win. With the Twitch Extension created for The Game Awards, we are able to tap into that desire by letting viewers at home cast votes alongside other community members in their favorite Twitch channels,” said Brian Petrocelli, product marketing manager at Twitch, in the press release. “Twitch creator communities are always highly engaged, but when you add the power of co-streaming and an interactive Extension, Twitch offers a unique viewing experience.”
The Game Awards cracked eight million viewers in 2016 and, with the growth that live streaming platforms have seen, it's positioned to do even better this time around. Adding this interactive element expands on the potential of the show and makes it a bit more interesting for viewers as well. The Community Predictions Extension will go live with the broadcast of The Game Awards at 5:30 pm PT on December 7.