Gayming Awards will return in 2022 with in-person event

It’s the first and only global award ceremony celebrating LGBTQ+ video gaming

Following an inaugural virtual event earlier this year, the Gayming Awards will return in 2022 with an in-person event

“I’m delighted and honoured to be able to bring back the Gayming Awards for a second year,” said Robin Gray, founder of Gayming Magazine, about the announcement.

“We were blown away by the amount of support year one got both by fans and sponsors, it really shows the value in an awards show dedicated to queer excellence in video games.”

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Taking place April 2022, the in-person ceremony will take place in London and be broadcast globally via Twitch. Nominations will open later this year for an even bigger range of categories.

As per the press release, “spanning from AAA titles to creator showcases, everybody pioneering more representation across the industry will have an opportunity and platform.”

“The LGBTQIA+ community makes an unprecedented and invaluable contribution to the video game landscape and we are beyond thrilled to partner with the Gayming Awards to both celebrate and recognise this,” said Matt Webster, Senior Director of Marketing for EMEA at Twitch about the partnership. “We can’t wait to collaborate closely over the coming months and make next year’s event even more successful, both in person and live on Twitch.”

The awards set out to celebrate the achievements within global gaming culture that represent and champion the LGBTQ+ experience. Launched earlier this year, the digital-only ceremony was watched by over 150,000 unique viewers around the world, making it the largest LGBTQ+ event on Twitch over the past year.

Winners included Hades as Game of The Year, DEERA won LGBTQ Streamer of the Year, while If Found… won Best LGBTQ Indie Game and Best LGBTQ Narrative.

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In other news, Gareth David of indie-pop legends Los Campesinos! has given Twitch some credit for the extended success of the band in a recent interview.

“There’s a couple of very famous Twitch streamers who are fans of our band,” he said, “and one of them wears our merchandise on his streams. We’ve sold a lot more items of that merch… our Spotify streams are up in the last year by 100,000 listeners, and our demographics massively skew to younger ages. It really surprised me.”

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