Press release


New Best Adaptation Award Added to the World’s Biggest Celebration of Video Game Culture

AUGUST 22, 2022 – Celebrate the best of video games and see what’s next when THE GAME AWARDS returns live on Thursday, December 8 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.


Today The Game Awards announced the first details of its 9th annual show, which will stream for free worldwide across more than 40 different digital video platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok Live. Last year’s show delivered a record-setting 85 million global livestreams, making The Game Awards one of the Internet’s largest livestream events.


New for 2022, The Game Awards will introduce Best Adaptation, a category to recognize creative work that authentically adapts video game intellectual property to other popular media, including but not limited to theatrical movies, streaming shows, podcasts, novels, and comic books.


Last year at The Game Awards, Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz world premiered the first trailer for the movie Sonic 2 from Paramount Pictures, and the first full trailer debuted for the Halo series from Paramount+.


“The Best Adaptation Award is a way for the gaming industry and its fans to tip its hat to creative work that authentically adapts and often adds lore and context to our favorite gaming franchises,” said Geoff Keighley, creator and executive producer of The Game Awards.  “With so many game-inspired projects across entertainment, the time is right to honor excellence in adapting video game worlds to other mediums.”  


The Game Awards will bring together the biggest names in gaming and popular culture to celebrate the best games of 2022  and preview the future of the medium with spectacular new game announcements and world premieres. The show will once again feature musical performances including the return of The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by Lorne Balfe.


IMAX will partner with the show to create The Game Awards: The IMAX Experience, a LIVE community event in cities around the world to experience The Game Awards. Additional details on The Game Awards: The IMAX Experience will be announced in the coming months.


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


About The Game Awards

Delivering over 85 million livestreams in 2021 and hailed as “the Oscars for gaming world” by the New York Times, The Game Awards is one of the largest live streamed events of the year on the Internet. The show brings together game creators, esports athletes, digital influencers, fans and the entertainment industry for a night of awards, exclusive game world premieres and musical performances to celebrate the best in video games and preview what’s next. The Game Awards airs live and free across more than 40 digital video networks including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok Live, and globally in countries including China and India.  


Pending CDC and Los Angeles health and safety guidelines, public tickets to attend The Game Awards will be made available for purchase later this Fall.  Follow @thegameawards on Twitter for updates.