GC 2023 Press release


Over 10,000 Sky players combined to smash a videogame player concurrency world record during Gamescom

Cologne, GermanyAug. 25, 2023 – Breaking new ground and setting an astounding precedent, heartfelt MMO Sky: Children of the Light just broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title at Gamescom that pushes the possibilities of what was previously thought possible in gaming. Sky now owns the official record for Most Users in a Concert-Themed Virtual World, achieved through developer thatgamecompany’s (TGC) innovative proprietary technology in a convergence of more than 10,000 players online and in person at Gamescom. Together with Amazon Web Service’s back-end support, TGC and Sky have elevated not only multiplayer boundaries and performance standards in live games, but also the possibility for connection in the digital age.
A new trailer celebrating the achievement and photos of the record-shattering event are available here: https://wonacott.egnyte.com/fl/LjcKUBE8gJ
Sky: Children of the Light is renowned for its beautifully animated landscapes, touching storytelling, and the lasting bonds it facilitates between players around the world. The enchanting game has steadily grown and maintained a loyal player community since its 2019 debut, recently surpassing 260 million downloads. For the record-breaking event, the skies of Sky were adorned a spectacular display of color and light as huge crowds of players, both at the Sky booth in Gamescom and around the world, took a spiritual animated journey during a virtual concert with internationally acclaimed singer, AURORA.
“While thatgamecompany created Sky, it is our dedicated community that has sculpted its universe,” said Jenova Chen, CEO and creative director of thatgamecompany. “Our players deserve all the credit that made this record-breaking achievement possible. Their unwavering support and passion for togetherness breathe life into the very essence of Sky as it stands today.”
Fans who want to relive the record-breaking event and players who may have missed out on this magical moment in gaming history, can watch an encore stream tomorrow starting at 2:50 p.m. CEST on thatgamecompany’s Twitch channel.
Sky: Children of the Light’s official world record hits as TGC prepares to bring the globally beloved game to PC – players new and old will be able to download Sky for free via Steam before the end of this year and can join the wishlist now. The award-winning game can be enjoyed on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4/5 and mobile devices ahead of its PC launch.
Fans can follow @thatskygame on TwitterInstagramTikTok, Facebook, join its Discord community or follow @thatgamecompany on Twitch to stay informed on Sky: Children of the Light updates.
About thatgamecompany
thatgamecompany is committed to developing broadly accessible, artistic, emotional and enriching experiences, including award-winning titles FlowFlowerJourney and Sky: Children of the Light. Their work has been honored by programs such as 2022’s Peabody Awards, and is exhibited in galleries and exhibitions across the globe, including an induction into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Its hope is to expand the range of emotional experiences possible in video games, so that it can be enjoyed and loved by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

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