The Game Awards 2016 will livestream on Twitter, Facebook, VR, and much more
You really have no reason not to watch The Game Awards considering how many platforms the show will be streamed on.
The Game Awards is making some big moves this year as it will be broadcast live on December 1 across a wide variety of platforms, including virtual reality, Twitter, Facebook, and even in China.
The Game Awards has partnered with NextVR to make it the first award show to be livestreamed in virtual reality. VR camera rigs will be placed throughout the Microsoft Theater, which viewers can access after downloading the NextVR application. Doing so gives viewers multiple vantage points of the show, including a front row seat next to some of the biggest names in the games industry, and an on-stage robotic camera will move around during broadcast.
Facebook and Twitter will also be livestreaming The Game Awards. Twitter will be hosting a simple livestream of the festivities, although Live Twitter comments and user polls will be supported. Facebook Live, on the other hand, will offer a look backstage in addition to the livestream as nominees and notable attendees to go live on their pages and interact with fans in real time.
“Video games have the power to unite communities from all over the world, and this year we will share the power of gaming with more people than ever before,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/producer of The Game Awards. “For 2016 we will expand our all-digital, no-friction path to global distribution through partnerships that include the first live awards show broadcast on Twitter, an initiative with Tencent to bring The Game Awards live to China, and our innovative, first-of-its-kind live VR broadcast with Next VR.”
To round out the list of platforms, Snapchat, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, Twitch, and YouTube will all be livestreaming the show on their respective platforms. A special “The Game Awards Sale” will also take place on PSN, Steam, and Xbox Live, allowing users the opportunity to purchase select nominated games at a discount. China will also be able to watch a live localized version of the show on Tencent's integrated Internet platforms, including QQ.com. Chinese viewers can use WeChat, QQ.com, and the Tencent News App to vote on a special "Fans Choice Award, which the winner will be announced during the live global broadcast.
TL;DR: you now have no reason not to watch The Game Awards along with us next month.