Each The Recreation Awards 2022 and this yr’s Gamescom Opening Evening Reside present have been disrupted by unauthorised individuals coming onto the stage and talking into the microphone.
The incidents have raised issues for the security of Keighley and the opposite visitors who take to the stage to present and obtain awards, and talk about upcoming video games.
In a latest Q&A stream on Twitch, Keighley was requested if he can be taking extra safety measures for this yr’s Recreation Awards to stop a 3rd stage invasion incident.
Keighley mentioned he was, however didn’t wish to go into specifics in order that would-be invaders wouldn’t know the safety plans prematurely.
“Yeah, we’re,” he replied. “We don’t wish to speak about that stuff too publicly, simply because it’s safety.
“We positively have plans and we’re making an attempt to do all we will to maintain me protected, but additionally everybody watching the present, the viewers, individuals collaborating within the present and every part. It’s actually one thing we’re eager about. We respect the priority.
“Consider me, that’s one thing that’s prime of thoughts for us, however we additionally wish to placed on a fantastic present that celebrates these video games, and celebrates our love of video video games, in order that’s an vital factor to remember as nicely. However yeah, I respect the priority round that.”
At The Recreation Awards final yr, Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki‘s Recreation of the 12 months acceptance speech was adopted by a weird second when a member of the viewers appeared to hitch the FromSoftware workforce on stage, earlier than grabbing the mic and making references to “his orthodox Rabbi Invoice Clinton.”
This was adopted by a second stage invasion at Gamescom Opening Evening Reside in August, the place Keighley was interrupted early through the present by an viewers member who appeared to repeat “Invoice Clinton desires to play GTA 6” a number of instances earlier than being eliminated by safety.
Each incidents raised issues concerning the security of Keighley and the opposite individuals on stage, partly as a result of relative ease with which these invaders bought onto the stage but additionally how lengthy it took for safety to take away them.
In an interview with VGC shortly after the occasions at Gamescom Opening Evening Reside, Gamescom head Christian Baur defined that the security of individuals and attendees is of nice significance, and that safety was ready for the potential of a stage invasion.
““Ultimately it was good as a result of the intention of the individual was simply one thing foolish however, after all, if someone with dangerous intentions would have tried to do the identical factor, that was a giant threat. And I believe it’s one thing now we have to take actually severely, and now we have to consider methods we will enhance safety,” Baur instructed us.