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Spike TV's Video Game Awards

Spike TV's Video Game Awards

  • Premiered: 
    December 4, 2003
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  • Network: Spike
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: video game

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 2003, Spike TV has televised this event to celebrate the best in video games, while featuring exclusive world premieres, appearances by celebrity presenters, and musical performances. The first event was televised two days after the awards program was held on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where "Madden NFL 2004" was honored as the Game of the Year, even though "Tony Hawk's Underground" beat out "Madden" for Best Sports Game of the year. Since then, Spike TV has broadcast the event live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA (2004), Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA (2005), the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA (2006), the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (2007), Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA (2008, 2011 & 2012), Nokia Event Deck in Los Angeles, CA (2009), and the L.A. Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA (2010). The 2012 ceremony, the 10th anniversary of the event hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, aired live from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9pm ET/6pm PT on Spike TV. The 10th annual event featured exclusive premieres of Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us," Epic Games' "Gears of War: Judgment" and Obsidian Entertainment's "South Park: The Stick of Truth." Plus, the program was highlighted by musical performances by Linkin Park, Tenacious D and Gustavo Santaolalla, with appearances from returning hosts: Snoop Dogg as Snoop Lion, his reggae alter ego; CHUCK's Zachary Levi; and a video cameo by Neil Patrick Harris. The nominees for 2012 Game of the Year include: "Assassin's Creed III"; "Dishonored"; "Journey"; "Mass Effect 3"; and "The Walking Dead: The Game."
The 2013 program, now known as VGX, was hosted by Geoff Keighley and Joel McHale in a studio setting, which was a clear departure from previous programs. VGX continued showcasing world premiere game trailers but for the first time ever, the show offered extended demos of the next generation of games, 1-on-1 interviews and panels. VGX was live streamed for three hours on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6pm ET/3pm PT on, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Hulu, Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom Media Networks properties,,,, and Then, two days later, Spike TV showed a one-hour recap show, VGX REPLAY, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:59pm ET/PT.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Spike Video Game Awards
  • Title of 10th annual show: VGA Ten
  • Title of 11th show: VGX


  • MGM Grand Garden Arena (2003) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Map It!
  • Barker Hangar (2004) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Gibson Amphitheatre (2005) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • USC Galen Center (2006) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (2007) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Map It!
  • Sony Pictures Studios (2008, 2011 & 2012) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • Nokia Event Deck @ L.A. Live (2009) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • L.A. Convention Center (2010) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!