Game Developers Choice and IGF Awards organizers have confirmed that next week’s awards shows will be streamed live on GameSpot.com, with TV network G4 also present to capture highlights for a GDC special.
The major CBS-owned GameSpot.com website has set up a special Game Developers Conference 2010 landing page for its coverage, and will be exclusively live-streaming the awards, which take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm PT.
The ceremonies kick off with the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards, this year presented by indie developers Kyle Gabler (World Of Goo) and Erin Robinson (Puzzle Bots), and honoring an outstanding set of finalists from the world of independent games.
With over $40,000 in awards given out, including the prestigious Seumas McNally Grand Prize, the Audience Award, and the ‘art game’-centric Nuovo Award, as well as exclusive videos on indie games filmed by comedy troupe Mega64, the event should be a highlight of the awards calendar.
Following the conclusion of the IGF Awards, the live stream will showcase the Game Developers Choice Awards, now in its tenth year, and the leading mainstream game awards voted on by video game creators.
With improved methodology, Special Award winners for this year’s Choice Awards are selected by the 20 person-strong Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, and winners from this year’s finalists are now being selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN) — new invitation-only group comprised of 500 leading game creators from all parts of the video game industry.
As well as the awards themselves, which span from Best Downloadable Game through craft-specific awards for Art, Audio, and Design to the much-coveted Game Of The Year award, notable figures present to receive special awards will include Valve’s Gabe Newell, for the Pioneer Award, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik and Robert Khoo, for the Ambassador Award, and Id’s John Carmack, for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented by Junction Point Studios and Disney’s Warren Spector (Epic Mickey), with additional exclusive Mega64 videos, and will also be recorded by U.S. TV network G4, with highlights being included in the Game Developers Conference-specific episodes of their X-Play TV show.
Both ceremonies, which take place in North Hall, Hall D, Moscone Convention Center, are open to all Game Developers Conference 2010 pass-holders to attend in person, and more detail on the show is available at the official GDC 2010 website.