Same as last year, The Game Awards 2023 has once again revealed its plans to give away 200 portable game consoles this year. The prize pool includes 100 Steam Deck OLEDs and 100 Lenovo Legion GOs, wherein the giveaway will happen live when the event starts tomorrow, December 8, 2023 at 8:30AM (Philippine Time). However, this excitement is tempered by a significant limitation: the giveaway is exclusively available to residents of the United States and some parts of the world that Steam Deck OLED is available. This restriction casts a pall over the global gaming community – just like year, creating a scenario that’s both exhilarating for some and disappointing for others, leaving many in a complex, bittersweet situation.
The Game Awards, a prestigious event in the gaming world, is not just about honoring the industry’s best; it’s also known for its grand gestures toward the gaming community. The announcement of giving away high-demand gadgets like the Steam Deck and Legion Go is a testament to this tradition. These devices, celebrated for their advanced gaming capabilities, are on the wishlist of many avid gamers.
Despite this setback, gamers in countries like the Philippines, where gaming is a passionate pursuit, can find a workaround. If you have family – be it parents, cousins, or other relatives – in the United States, they could participate in the giveaway on your behalf. This indirect participation offers a ray of hope and a way for international gamers to be involved in such exclusive events.
To join, you just need to enter the giveaway tomorrow at exactly 8:30AM via Gleam:
This workaround is useful, but it also highlights a bigger problem of fairness in the gaming world. Often, gaming events and giveaways are only for certain areas, which leaves out many gamers from other parts of the world. This issue suggests that the gaming industry should think again about how it does things. It’s important to have events and giveaways that everyone around the world can join, showing that gaming is for everyone, no matter where they are.
That’s it for now guys! See you tomorrow for the Game Awards!