The Game Awards 2018 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2018. As with previous Game Awards, the event was hosted by Geoff Keighley at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 6, 2018. God of War won three awards, including for game of the year, while Red Dead Redemption 2 won the most overall awards with four. It was live streamed on over 40 platforms worldwide, with viewership numbers of over 26 million. In addition to the awards, a number of new games and content for them was revealed during the event.
As with previous Game Awards events, the show was produced and hosted by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley and held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 6, 2018. The show was live streamed on more than 40 different services worldwide, with a total estimated viewership of 26.2 million; an increase of 126% over The Game Awards 2017.
The ceremony began with a group speech by Microsoft's Phil Spencer, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Sony's Shawn Layden. Various well-known film and gaming industry people to presented awards at the show, including game directors Jeff Kaplan and Josef Fares, the film directing Russo and Duffer brothers, actors Christoph Waltz, Aisha Tyler, Rosa Salazar, and Jonah Hill, musician Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, and livestreamers Jacksepticeye, Ninja, and Pokimane. In addition to a live musical performance of "Devil Trigger" from Devil May Cry 5, the show also featured an orchestra that included composers Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harry Gregson-Williams which performed music from some of the nominated games.
The Industry Icon Award was given to Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, the studio that has been behind a large number of licensed professional sports games, such as the NBA 2K series. The "Trending Gamer" award from previous shows was split into two separate categories. One part became the Content Creator of the Year to be given to those that espouse the positive benefits of gaming, which was awarded to Richard Tyler Blevins, aka "Ninja". The other part became Global Gaming Citizens awards, selected by Facebook Gaming to recognize those gamers and programmers that were attempting to make a difference in the global community. Being awarded these were Steven Spohn, who co-founded AbleGamers to help improve accessibility in video gaming; Sadia Bashir for promoting female interest in game programming within Pakistan; and Lual Mayen, a South Sudanese programmer using games to help promote peace in his region.
During the event, sales on some of the nominated and previously winning games were held on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Steam, and Xbox Games Store. In addition, Epic Games launched its Epic Games Store during the presentation, offering some of the games shown at the event.