Train2Game News The Game Awards Has Record Number Of Views

The Game Awards, the video game industry’s year-end celebration, today announced that its eighth annual show set a new record with an estimated 85 million global livestreams.

With appearances from Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss, Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz, Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, Simu Liu, Ming-Na Wen, Giancarlo Esposito and more, plus spectacular performances by Sting, Imagine Dragons (featuring Darren Korb, Ashley Barrett and J.I.D.)  and The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by Lorne Balfe, The Game Awards reaffirmed video game’s position as the preeminent force in global entertainment. 

  With an all-digital, no friction approach to global distribution, The Game Awards streamed live across more than 30 digital networks around the world, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok Live, and Steam, as well as more than a dozen digital platforms in China and Disney+Hotstar, MTV, and other networks in India. 

  2021 viewership and engagement highlights include: 

  – On Twitter, The Game Awards delivered a record-setting 1.6 million tweets about the event in 2021, it’s best-ever performance. The show trended #1 worldwide for the 8th year in a row, commanding 11 out of the top 30 worldwide trends at the peak of conversation.

– On YouTube, the official livestream set a new record for watch time with over 1.75 million hours watched on the main feed (not including any co-streams), up 14% over 2020’s record-setting livestream.

– On Twitch, The Game Awards delivered 3.35M unique viewers across all participating channels, including co-streams.

-In China, The Game Awards reached new viewership peaks with double-digit growth on platforms including Bilibili, DouYu, Huya and Tencent Video.

– On the web, authenticated fan voting for the awards increased 27% YoY to more than 23.2 million on TheGameAwards.com and Bilibili in China.

  “We are grateful we could return to an in-person ceremony in 2021 and continue to build on our success with significant international growth in 2021,” said Geoff Keighley, producer, The Game Awards.

  The Game Awards gave fans a glimpse at what’s next in gaming and entertainment with more than 30 world premieres of upcoming projects, including Star Wars Eclipse, The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience, Alan Wake II, Sonic 2 and Sonic Frontiers, Wonder Woman, Horizon Forbidden West, and many more. Hazelight Studios’ It Takes Two won a total of three awards, including Game of the Year. Forza Horizon 5 from Xbox Game Studios and Playground Games, took home the honors for Best Sports/Racing Game, Innovation in Accessibility and Best Audio Design, and Bethesda and Arkane Studios’ Deathloop picked up Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction.

  Here are the historical live stream numbers for The Game Awards:

  2021: 85 Million
2020: 83 Million 
2019: 45.2 Million 
2018: 26.2 Million 
2017: 11.5 Million 
2016: 3.8 Million 
2015: 2.3 MIllion
2014: 1.9 Million

  The Game Awards aired globally across more than 30 digital video networks including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live, GameSpot, IGN, TikTok Live, and Steam. Internationally, the program aired on more than a dozen networks in China including Huya, DouYu, Bilibili, Tencent Video, YouKu, PPTV, and NetEase CC, in India on Disney+/Hotstar, MTV, Jio TV, MX Player, Voot, and Loco, as well as live distribution in Japan (NicoNico), Russia (VK), South Korea (Afreeca TV, Naver) and in immersive formats including Horizon Venues in VR, in Cinemark Theatres, and in the CORE metaverse. 

  The Game Awards Sale offered discounts on games across major platforms including PlayStation Store, Xbox, Steam, Nintendo eShop, and Epic Games Store.

  The Game Awards also announced its second annual Future Class list, composed of 50 talented individuals around the world who represent the bright, bold and inclusive future of video games. The Game Awards Future Class featured a diverse group of builders, thinkers and dreamers whose voices elevate and diversify the artform of gaming and whose passion makes the industry stronger.

  The Game Awards is executive produced by Geoff Keighley and Kimmie Kim. LeRoy Bennett is creative director, and Rich Preuss is director. 

Train2Game News Star Wars Eclipse Announced

Quantic Dream, the award-winning video game studio and publisher today unveiled Star Wars Eclipse with a world premiere cinematic reveal trailer during The Game Awards™ 2021.

Created in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, Star Wars Eclipse is Quantic Dream’s most ambitious project to date and is currently in early stages of development.
 
Star Wars Eclipse is the first video game to be set in an uncharted region of the Outer Rim during The High Republic era, known as the golden age of the Jedi. The game will build upon Quantic Dream’s expertise in delivering deeply branching narratives and will go beyond their already established acclaim. Player’s choices will be at the heart of the experience, as every decision can have a dramatic impact on the course of the story.
 
Crafted by a diverse team of writers, game creators, and interactive storytelling experts, all with a deep affinity for the Star Wars™ franchise, Star Wars Eclipse™ will feature new places to explore through untold stories with unique characters, each with their own path, abilities, and roles to play.
 
Star Wars Eclipse is currently in early development in Paris, France, and Montreal, Canada and will be published globally by Quantic Dream. The team is recruiting in both locations for top talents in the world to work on this exciting new project.

You can see the cinematic trailer below:

Visit StarWarsEclipse.com to stay up to date on the latest news about the game.

Train2Game News Experience The Game Awards In The Metaverse

The Game Awards has launched its first official metaverse experience on Core, a platform for user-created games, interactive experiences and live events.

Fans will be able to watch and interact with the awards show live on Thursday, December 9 beginning at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT from inside of Axial Tilt, an interactive world that serves as a metaverse hub for programming and events hosted by Geoff Keighley.

Axial Tilt on Core introduces an entirely new way for viewers to experience The Game Awards, allowing them to watch the show live and simultaneously participate in several unique interactive experiences that are only available during the broadcast. This includes a red carpet experience beginning at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT the day of show, and an afterparty immediately following the ceremony featuring a special guest DJ. Fans will be able to predict the winners of select categories live during the broadcast to win exclusive Core-related prizes. Participants can also keep entertained before, during and after the show by playing multiple mini-games available inside Axial Tilt.
 

“I’m always on the lookout for exciting new ways to bring The Game Awards to new audiences,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, executive producer and host of The Game Awards. “The emergence of new metaverse platforms like Core, and the social experiences they enable around live events, presented an amazing opportunity to give fans a new interactive way to enjoy the show. And considering it’s a show about interactive entertainment, it felt like a perfect fit.”
 

While The Game Awards’ programming is available exclusively on Core, Axial Tilt is a world that exists as multiple instances across the metaverse, having launched earlier this year on Fortnite Creative. The two versions of Axial Tilt have a similar look and feel, however, the gameplay and worlds are slightly different. Crossover events between the two will happen in the future.
 

Axial Tilt is available for free on Core today at www.coregames.com/games/a9ea61/axial-tilt or players can take a portal directly from Core World, the starting hub world for all Core players. Core can be downloaded at CoreGames.com or the Epic Game Store. You can download Fortnite from the Epic Games Store and access Axial Tilt by typing  in map code 0960-3147-4924 into the Island Code tab.
 

Produced by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards is one of the widest distributed digital events on the planet, with a record setting 83 million livestreams in 2020. The Game Awards brings together game industry creators, esports champions, digital influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive game world premieres, announcements and musical performances, including the return of The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by acclaimed composer Lorne Balfe.
 

For more information and to stay up to date on the latest The Game Awards announcements, please visit: www.thegameawards.com or contact: gameawards@fortyseven.com.

Train2Game News NieR Replicant Game Play Trailer

SQUARE ENIX® gave gamers worldwide a special holiday treat with the reveal of an intense, battle-focused gameplay trailer for NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139… during The Game Awards show 2020, which streamed tonight on over 45 video platforms across the globe.

The new trailer showcased the protagonist slashing through swaths of enemy Shades across different battlefields, giving an exciting first look at the highly anticipated prequel to NieR:Automata™, the cult classic action-RPG from acclaimed game director YOKO TARO.

The NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Game Awards Gameplay Trailer is available at: https://youtu.be/Z1zDAn2sRQk

The game transports players to a dark, apocalyptic world where a young man embarks on a captivating quest to find the cure for his sister’s deadly disease – a quest that will make them question everything.

The company also announced the White Snow Edition of the game, a collector’s fantasy pack featuring a “Lunar Tear” Collector’s Box, Steelbook® Case, Pin Badge Set, Script Set, and Soundtrack CD Set available now for pre-order exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Store for $159.99. Complete details on all editions of the game and pre-order bonuses are available at: http://www.niergame.com.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will launch for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and PC (Steam) on April 23, 2021. The game is not yet rated.