The Game Awards 2021 sets new viewership record of 85M livestreams worldwide

The Game Awards announces that the 2021 annual showcase hit a new milestone of 85 million viewers worldwide, up from the 83 million livestreams from last year's all-digital broadcast. This year's awards ceremony returned to an in-person event format held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 9th, and was livestreamed for free across 30+ digital networks including Twitch, China's Bilibili and Weibo, and of course YouTube.

Additional highlights include a 1.6 million tweets about The Game Awards, meaning the year-end event had the top trending hashtags during the broadcast for the eighth year in a row. The Game Awards 2021 attracted 3.35 million unique viewers "across all participating channels", clocking in a combined total of 1.75 million hours of view time on YouTube alone. Meanwhile, fan votes from the audience increased 27 percent year-over-year (to hit over 23.2 million) during the Player's Voice Awards segment which saw Halo Infinite take home the first big prize of the evening. It Takes Two meanwhile nabbed the crown for Game of the Year.