Let the music play! The Game Awards, the video game industry’s biggest annual year-end celebration, today announced that BAFTA and Emmy nominated composer Lorne Balfe is returning as the Music Director and conductor of The Game Awards for its 2020 multi-city broadcast, and will be conducting the world-renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) from London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. Taking place live on Thursday, December 10th, The Game Awards 2020 is a free digital livestream event and will be available across more than 45 global video platforms.
“Being a part of The Game Awards is truly a wonderful experience, and I’m thrilled to again be celebrating the incredible games of 2020,” said Lorne Balfe, Music Director of The Game Awards. “There is nothing quite like music in video games and with the phenomenal talents from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, I look forward to bringing the scores from this year’s ground-breaking titles to viewers around the world from the legendary Abbey Road Studios.”
While the world tunes in from home on December 10th, The Game Awards will air live in 4K UHD from Hollywood, California, with special segments from other locations around the world, including London’s historic Abbey Road Studios. With pioneering advancements in music technology including spatial audio, Abbey Road Studios is the ideal location for The Game Awards’ virtual broadcast, having housed landmark recordings for the greatest movie scores as well as the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kanye West and Brockhampton.
“From Halo 5, Call of Duty and Final Fantasy to Ghost of Tsushima and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we’ve been thrilled to help create a more immersive experience and add the drama and atmosphere to some of the best in-game action of recent years,” said Fiona Gillott, Studios Manager, Abbey Road Studios. “So it’s brilliant to be able to welcome back Lorne Balfe and play host to The Game Awards 2020.”
“The London Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be performing with Lorne Balfe at The Games Awards 2020,” said David Burke, Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. “Music plays an integral part of the gaming experience and there is exceptional music being written each year. We are delighted to be sharing some highlights of this at the awards.”
Tomorrow, 18 November, the nominations for this year’s The Game Awards will be announced at 9am PT (5pm GMT) via The Game Awards’ official Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter channels. Following the announcement, fans will be able to help choose the winners in all categories via authenticated online voting on www.thegameawards.com.