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It sounds like there won’t be any surprises in the 2023 Game of the Year awards

The event organizer openly discusses the security issues from the last two galas. For this occasion, they're hoping it won't happen again.

It sounds like there won’t be any surprises in the 2023 Game of the Year awards
Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

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Although it may seem anecdotal, the reality is that the last two galas hosted by Geoff Keighley have had numerous issues. In both The Game Awards 2022 and Gamescom Opening Night Live, two individuals jumped from the audience to interrupt on stage. The incident remained a mere anecdote, but behind it lies a serious security issue that could potentially end in tragedy, especially if the person jumping on stage doesn’t have humorous intentions.

In response to these issues, the event organizer has been firm: “Yes, there will be [more security]. We don’t want to discuss these things too publicly because it’s about security,” he notes. “But yes, we definitely have plans and we’re doing everything possible to make it safer, both for the people watching the show, the audience, the participants in the event, and everyone. It’s something we truly consider. We appreciate the concern.”

Addressing this concern further, Keighley mentioned that the event’s security “is something that is a priority for us, but we also want to put on an excellent show to celebrate video games and the love for them.”

We mustn’t forget that last year’s incident was so surreal that hardly anyone noticed. When Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of Elden Ring, went up to receive his Game of the Year award, part of his team joined him… along with a teenager.

Everyone assumed this kid was somehow part of the FromSoftware entourage, perhaps a family member or acquaintance. The reality was different; he was just a teenager who had jumped on stage amidst the crowd. Right after Miyazaki finished his speech, he grabbed the mic and said, “Bill Clinton wants to play GTA 6.” Who knows, maybe this year we’ll actually get GTA 6.

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Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

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