With all sorts of gaming shows moving online and socially distanced this year, it only makes sense that The Game Awards will follow suit this December. It's not so much that the show must go on, per se, but rather that Geoff Keighley would really like it if the show goes on, and as he's the producer of the annual ceremony, it is.
Though plans are still in motion and Keighley has nothing firm to announce just yet, he did speak with IGN and confirm there will be an awards show this winter to celebrate the hectic year that was 2020 in video games.
"Yeah... what I will say about it is, we have a very interesting plan for the show this year," Keighley told IGN's Ryan McCaffery on an upcoming episode of Unfiltered. "We're definitely doing it. A lot of people are [asking], 'Are you delaying it? The Oscars are being postponed, are you postponing The Game Awards?' We are absolutely not. We'll share more in the coming weeks about it, but it's actually probably going to be our biggest show yet."
Keighley added that those who tune in for this weekend's Gamescom Live digital showcase will "see a little bit of" how they plan to operate The Game Awards, and that it won't be "just me in a room, announcing winners."
"I'm really passionate about [still] doing the show live, versus something pre-recorded. So, yeah, we're working on some scenarios for ways we can present the show live with a bit of spectacle to people... without the public [being] able to buy tickets to come to the show, and things like that, this year."
Keighley has spent the summer managing the Summer Game Fest promotion, which has worked with studios and other entities in the games industry to deliver exciting video game news in a year without E3 or other annual showcases.