During a recent Twitch Q&A, Keighley was asked if there were any plans for new award categories at The Game Awards.
Keighley replied that while there are no new categories this year, the idea of adding new categories is regularly discussed.
“Nothing new this year,” he said. “I’ve seen people online saying ‘why don’t you have a Best DLC category’, which is kind of like the Ongoing Game category.
“Typically that’s been live service games but this year Cyberpunk 2077 is nominated, and when people ask why it’s nominated – well, because they improved the base game in a big way with version 2.0 and Phantom Liberty. So that’s sort of in that category.
“The other thing people always ask is why don’t we have a Best Remake or Remaster category. We’ve talked about it. I think the question is, are there five amazing remakes every year?
“Some years there are – there were some amazing ones this year, obviously Resident Evil 4 is nominated for Game of the Year. Dead Space, a bunch of other good ones that came out this year. And the question also then is would those remakes not be eligible for Game of the Year?
“So yeah, nothing new this year category-wise but it’s definitely something that we talk about every year, and try to evaluate the best way to go about that.”
Later in the stream Keighley was then asked if a Best Supporting Actor category is something that could be added to the show, given the increased number of impressive performances made possble by improving capture technology.
Keighley replied that this was another category that’s been discussed, but that its inclusion would have both pros and cons.
“We’ve talked about it,” he explained. “There are lots of great performances.
“On the other side, we do have some people who say ‘you guys focus a bit too much on the narrative aspects of games’, and ‘you’re too much like the Oscars, you have writing and acting and those types of awards, and you should be focused more on gameplay driven things’.
“Supporting Performance is something we’ve definitely thought about. I’m proud that our acting award has always been gender neutral. We started in 2014, we don’t have Actor and Actress [awards], we really just blend them into one acting category, which I think was was the right call we made back in the day.
“So yeah, we’ve talked about it. No plans this year, but it’s definitely something that has been brought up before.
The Game Awards will be streamed live from the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 7.
There are 31 awards up for grabs in total at this year’s Game Awards, with the winners set to be determined by a blended vote between the voting jury comprised of global media publications (90%) – which includes VGC – and public fan voting (10%).