There will be a Game Awards 2015, show creator Geoff Keighley announced today during his "Storytime with Geoff Keighley" talk at PAX South today.
Keighley, a longtime game journalist and television host, produced and hosted the Spike Video Game Awards for a decade before creating his own awards show called The Game Awards. The inaugural Game Awards took place last December in Las Vegas, and was livestreamed on the web and a number of gaming platforms. The show, which Keighley funded himself — Spike was not involved — was a hit: Nearly 2 million people tuned in, a significant increase over the viewership for VGX 2013, Spike's final video game awards show.
"I am absolutely stunned by the results," Keighley told Polygon in an interview following the show. "I always knew the show would get a better critical response from the community, but in many ways I was making a more serious show that risked not having as much mainstream appeal." Keighley didn't turn a profit on the inaugural event, but said that was fine because he "always knew it would be an investment."
Keighley added, "This year was about earning the respect of the audience and proving that this 'open source' distribution model can work." He then mentioned some improvements he would like to make for future iterations of The Game Awards, such as cutting down on the show's three-hour runtime, giving out more awards on the air and eliminating technical issues.