The Game Awards has an advisory committee which includes representatives from hardware manufacturers Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and AMD, and software publishers Electronic Arts, Activision, Rockstar Games, Ubisoft, Valve, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This committee selects around thirty influential video game news organizations that will be able to nominate and subsequently vote on the video games in several categories. The advisory committee otherwise does not participate in the nomination or voting process. During the nomination round, each of the news outlets provides a list of games in several categories; games for the esports-related categories are chosen by a specific subset of these outlets. The committee compiles the nominations and selects the most-nominated titles for voting by these same outlets. Prior to 2017, there were 28 industry experts and representatives that selected the winners, while the awards from 2017 onwards have used over 50 such experts.
Ceremonies and winners
|#||Date||Year||Host(s)||Game of the Year||Site||
|1st||December 5, 2014||2014||Geoff Keighley||Dragon Age: Inquisition||The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada||1.9|
|2nd||December 3, 2015||2015||The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California||2.3|
|3rd||December 1, 2016||2016||Overwatch||3.8|
|4th||December 7, 2017||2017||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||11.5|
|5th||December 6, 2018||2018||God of War||26.2|