The Game Awards dominating Oscars in viewership

Since the last few years, while the Oscars event has witnessed a dip in viewership, The Game Awards show has gained big attraction.

Average viewership figures for The Game Awards have dominated the Oscars since the former’s beginning in 2014.

The recently concluded 93rd Academy awards event also had a dismal reception globally.

The Game Awards are turning out to be huge!

Since the event started around seven years ago, it has focused on recognizing the best video games globally. And most of the time, it has managed to gain eyeballs from various countries.

Geoff Keighley, a gaming journalist, hosts the Game Awards. In the past, he used to present the Spike Video Game Awards.

The procedure for the event includes an advisory board. It consists of game publishers and developers and representatives from hardware manufacturers like AMD and Microsoft.

The board then selects more than 95 international new outlets and influencers to vote and nominate various titles.

There are, of course, multiple categories for recognizing the best of the best.

Public voting in The Game Awards was added in 2017, after which it gained even more popularity because there was the direct involvement of people and die-hard game lovers.

Due to constantly attracting large viewership, outlets like Hollywood Reporter even called it the Super Bowl of the gaming industry. In contrast, Washington Post termed it as the Oscars for the gaming arena.

On the other hand, the Academy Awards have gone through a rough phase in the last five-six years.

Comparatively speaking, The Game Awards had average viewing figures of nearly 83 million last year. While the 2020 Oscars only attracted 23.6 million views.

Plus, this month’s 93rd edition of the prestigious event could gain just 9.8 million viewers.


READ MORE: All the winners announced at The Game Awards 2020


New video games in 2021

While the gaming arena is witnessing a boom in pretty much every area, players also see a rise of fresh releases.

Just like 2020, this year is also packed with multiple heavyweights when it comes to entertaining die-hard gamers.

And some of the most-awaited potential blockbusters are Resident Evil Village, Halo Infinite, and Far Cry 6.

Horizon Forbidden West, a new Call of Duty installment, God of War: Ragnarok, and Returnal are also highly anticipated.

But that’s not it!

The line-up extends further with the likes of STALKER 2, Deathloop, Dying Light 2, Stray, New World, and Humankind.

Biomutant, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, No More Heroes 3, GhostWire: Tokyo, Psychonauts 2, and Back 4 Blood are other crucial launches.

Several recently announced titles making their debuts soon are The Day Before, Glitchpunk, and Etched Memories.

 

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