The numbers can be found in the Tweet embedded below.
The Oscars vs The Game Awards ratings— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) April 26, 2021
2019 : 45.2m
The shows are headed in completely opposite directions pic.twitter.com/OiyU5baEZb
This isn't the first time The Game Awards and the Oscars have been pit against one another, but there are several factors readers should keep in mind when viewing the figures. In a follow-up Tweet, @BenjiSales points out that The Oscars looks at average viewers, while The Game Awards posts total viewers. There's also the pandemic factor: a much smaller number of films were released last year, and a lot of the spectacle was absent in this year's show.
Of course, it's worth noting that a lot of the people watching The Game Awards are far less concerned with the actual awards and more in the announcements that are made. In 2019, The Game Awards saw the Xbox Series X make its debut, while last year's show saw Sephiroth announced as a new fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The hype factor has played a large role in the success of The Game Awards, just as it has for industry events like E3.
It's interesting to look at the numbers to see how the Academy Awards and The Game Awards stack up, but there's clearly a lot of factors that make it hard to fairly compare the two. Last night's presentation of the Academy Awards did have one thing for gamers to appreciate, however, as a documentary filmed for a video game took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. That award is something both sides can celebrate!
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