Nominees for The Game Awards 2018 will be announced on Tuesday, November 13, at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT. This means that fans will soon be able to make their choice and vote. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will most likely be among the nominated Nintendo games for this year, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate won’t be as the cutoff date for games is mid-November.
- Last year’s show was seen by 18 million viewers
- This year’s show will cost millions of dollars to produce
- Geoff plans the show for about 6 months, and spends his other 6 months (sans vacation) on E3
- Geoff has a core team of 5 people who work on the show, but the final production staff gets into the hundreds
- The cutoff date for games is mid-November or so, so Smash won’t be eligible
- Battlefield will be eligible due to its early access thing
- Games from previous years can actually be nominated for Game of the Year, so for example, Fortnite could be nominated this year despite coming out this year
- Geoff is very curious to see how the awards evolve as a larger and larger percentage of games become ongoing games that are just updated over time
- Geoff notes it has been harder for multiplayer games to traditionally win the big awards, though though Overwatch might have signaled some change on that front
- Trending Gamer has been split into “Content Creator” (YouTube/Twitch/etc) and “Global Gaming Citizen” which is more about community figures and evangelizers.
- Geoff is not trying to be the Oscars or take down the Oscars or anything like that.
- Geoff likes the Games For Impact category as it highlights content a lot of people haven’t heard about before and then found interesting when they looked it up.