Videogame journalist and host Geoff Keighley from Spike TV's GTTV
Over the past two decades Geoff Keighley has established himself as one of the leading media figures, live event producers and on-camera personalities in the video game industry. Whether he is anchoring YouTube's live coverage of E3, producing tentpole events like The Game Awards and the landmark 5-hour Discovery Channel series The Rise of the Video Game, or new ventures such as the live theatrical production The Last of Us: One Night Live, Keighley and his GameSlice brand have deftly moved between mediums to chronicle, celebrate, and cement games as the leading form of entertainment. Newsweek says that Keighley is "Mike Wallace meets Kurt Loder for the video game generation."
Sensing a shifting media landscape, in late 2014 Keighley created, self-financed and produced The Game Awards, a new awards show for the video game industry built from the ground up for digital and streaming platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Created in partnership with the CEOs of Activision, EA, Konami, Nintendo, PlayStation, Rockstar Games, Xbox, Ubisoft, Valve, and Warner Bros Interactive, The Game Awards 2014 was streamed 1.93 million times in just 3 hours and generated over 500 million impressions on Twitter. The Game Awards 2014 was nominated by Cynopsis as one of the best live digital events of 2014 alongside NBC's coverage of the SuperBowl, MTV's EMAs and the WWE's Wrestlemania.
After producing live coverage of E3 for networks like G4 and Spike TV, in 2015 Keighley's GameSlice studio partnered with YouTube for the launch of "YouTube Live at E3." Featuring exclusive game reveals and appearances by top YouTube creators, this day-long live event was "one of the largest live streams in the history of YouTube" according to TubeFilter, with over 8 million views in just 12 hours.
Before founding his own production company, Keighley spend over a decade working in front of the cameras for G4TV and Viacom Media Networks, where he hosted and produced video game programming across Spike TV, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1. Whether it was a weekly news-magazine show (GTTV on Spike), a roundtable talk show (The Bonus Round on GameTrailers.com), the annual Video Game Awards, or even Spike TV’s live coverage of E3, and Comic-Con, Keighley established Viacom as a leading outlet for gaming coverage both onair and online. Keighley executive produced and hosted live TV launch specials for both the Xbox One (featuring Macklemore and Deadmau5) and the PlayStation 4 on Spike TV, and produced half-hour TV specials for a diverse slate of game franchises including the live launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in Times Square, Madden NFL, Halo, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Gears of War, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and many other blockbuster franchises.
In 2011 Keighley founded his own publishing group to create a groundbreaking series of iPad apps that Fast Company says are “pushing the limits of storytelling” and “serving as a model for publishing a la carte journalism.” Called The Final Hours, these 15,000 word multimedia experiences give a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the ups and downs of game development at the world’s top studios behind games like Portal 2, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider, and Titanfall. These “futuristic magazine articles” (according to Kotaku.com) reconnect Keighley with his roots as a game journalist, having spent six years after college writing about games for Entertainment Weekly and penning feature stories for Business 2.0 magazine on companies like Cirque du Soleil and internet news entrepreneur Matt Drudge.
Today Keighley is also seen as a host on GameStop TV in 4,300 retail locations across the US, and serves as the chairman of the Game Critics Awards, an independent body of game journalists who award the annual “Best of E3” honors. He also works with Fathom Events to bring video games to movie theaters nationwide with the PlayStation E3 Experience, which brings the annual PlayStation E3 press conference live to fans in every state across America.
Keighley, who was named one of the top 30 journalists under 30 in 2004 by NewsBios, is a graduate from the University of Southern California.