In a rare moment of cross-company unity, executives for all three major console manufacturers–Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony–appeared on stage together to kick off The Game Awards. The execs were Phil Spencer, Reggie Fils-Aime, and Shawn Layden, respectively. The three gave a brief shared speech about the importance of coming together to celebrate the medium, which you can read in full below.
Layden: Tonight at The Game Awards, we come together as a community to celebrate video games–the most compelling and immersive form of entertainment in the world.
Spencer: As an industry we are most powerful when we come together united by our common love of the art form of games.
Fils-Aime: We join with the viewers and gamers around the globe to celebrate creativity, innovation, and the role that video games play in popular culture.
Spencer: Together we will continue to invite new voices, creators, and players into our worlds, because when everybody plays, we all win.
Layden: Because when we see the strength of the united gaming community, we remember that we’ve never seen a challenge that you can’t defeat.
Fils-Aime: We’re united in our commitment to leading and pushing this industry forward with new games, new experiences, and new ways for everyone to play.
Spencer: Good luck to all the nominees.
Layden: And congratulations to all the winners.
Fils-Aime: And enjoy the game awards.