Since the ceremony began in December of 2014, The Game Awards has been one of the largest live streamed events of the year and reached over 30 million viewers in 2018. The Game Awards 2019 will take place today, December 12th, and you can watch the live stream starting at 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET using the player above.
The Game Awards brings together game industry creators, esports champions, digital influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive game world premieres, new game announcements and musical performances. The Game Awards 2019 will featured performances by Green Day, CHVRCHES and The Game Awards Orchestra. You can view the full list of nominees by clicking here.
The Game Awards is guided by an advisory board that includes the executive leadership teams from Activision (Rob Kostich, President), AMD (Dr. Lisa Su, CEO), Electronic Arts (Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer), Google (Phil Harrison, VP and GM, Stadia), Microsoft (Phil Spencer, EVP of Gaming), Nintendo of America (Doug Bowser, President), Rockstar Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ubisoft (Yves Guillemot, CEO), Valve, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (David Haddad, President) and Tencent (Steven Ma, Senior Vice President).
The Game Awards founder and host Geoff Keighley has also announced The Game Festival, a first-of-its-kind digital consumer event that brings the magic of hands-on gameplay demos to fans around the world. For 2019, The Game Festival will launch a digital pilot program on Steam. The Game Festival will feature more than a dozen first-look game demos, available to play for a limited 48-hour window before they are removed from Steam. The Game Festival runs on Steam from Thursday at 10 a.m. PT until Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.
As part of the pilot Game Festival on Stream, more than a dozen games are scheduled to be playable. Some of the games that will release free, limited-time demos include: System Shock (Nightdive Studios); Eastward (Pixpil/Chucklefish); Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus); Moving Out (SMG Studio/Devm Games/Team17); Röki (Polygon Treehouse/United Label); Chicory (Greg Lobanov); Wooden Nickel (Brain&Brain); Haven (The Game Bakers); Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive); Acid Knife (Powerhoof); The Drifter (Powerhoof); CARRION (Phobia/Devolver); and SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games).