Recently, The Game Awards 2019 nominees made themselves known. The lists were widely dominated by Death Stranding, a title developed by Kojima Productions, a studio founded by Hideo Kojima, who is a close friend of Geoff Keighley and whose relationship secured a role in the title.
This made many think that The Game Awards 2019 were arranged in favor of the Japanese creative and questioned Keighley about it. Given this, he made it clear that what the fans speculated did not happen. This was detonated on Twitter, when a user expressed his disagreement that the prizes are not relevant in the game industry today thanks to their showing favoritism.
It was precisely Keighley who answered back on that argument and pointed out that he had nothing to do with it.
I don’t vote on the nominees there is a jury of 80 media that select the nominees!
How are nominees selected for The Game Awards 2019?
According to The Game Awards 2019 site, an international jury composed of 80 media outlets and influencers selects 5 of those they consider to be their best games for each category. Then, the most repeated games become nominees. In this process, the producer of the ceremony, Geoff Keighley, cannot participate.
Each voting outlet completes a confidential, unranked ballot based on the collective and diverse opinion of its entire editorial staff, listing out its top five choices in each category. Ballots are tabulated, and the five games that appear on the most ballots are put forth as nominees. In the event of a tie, six (or more) nominees will be announced in a category. Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley is not a member of the jury and does not vote on the nominees.
In fact, there is an advisory board that helps carry this out. This entity includes several industry characters, such as Kostich (President of Activision), Lisa Su (CEO of AMD), as well as executives of various game companies, such as Phil Spencer and the President of Nintendo of America, Bowser. Among them also highlights Hideo Kojima (founder of Kojima Productions).
However, before speculation breaks out, it is necessary to point out that this board does not have the power, as Geoff Keighley says, to choose the candidates or even the winners for The Game Awards 2019.
The advisory board helps guide and advance the mission of the prizes of the game. The Board does not participate in the selection of the nominees or winners of the awards and learns the results of the vote at the same time as the general public.
If you want to give your vote to a nominee in the different categories, you can do it through the official portal of The Game Awards 2019 or here. That said, the nominees are based on the opinion of media around the world instead of Keighley’s preferences, according to the information.