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Newcomers Jana Morrison (Astrid) and Samantha Aucoin (Lilly) have officially been tapped to level up as co-hosts for the event's annual Gaming Awards, which are scheduled to take place on the evening of Saturday, March 12. Alan Tudyk, the star of SYFY's Resident Alien (currently in the middle of airing its second season) is also on board as one of the guest presenters.
“We’re so excited…NO… ECSTATIC to be your hosts for the 2022 SXSW Gaming Awards!" Morrison and Aucoin said in a joint statement. "As gamers and award show season stans, we promise an all-out good time with plenty of fun surprises.”
Check out their hosting announcement below:
In addition to Tudyk, the lineup of presenters includes: Michael Anthony, Kadeem Hardison, ESL Gaming’s Ramon Hermann, Maria Ho, Hosts of G4TV’s XPlay, Cxmmunity’s Ryan Johnson, Doug Jones, Ivan Mbakop, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team, Taybor Pepper, Corey Reynolds, Cory Strassburger, Stephanie Sheh, World Boxing’s Butterbean & Larry Holmes , and WrestleQuest’s Jeff Jarrett.
Viral TikTok band Punk Rock Factory will debut a new song and music video during the ceremony. Based in South Wales, the group's members "rehearse, write, record, mix, master and film everything themselves in one dedicated space affectionately called 'The Sausage Factory' and frequently bring friends along to enjoy the fun."
You should also prepare yourself for "a first-ever integrated animated narrative," according to the official release from the SXSW organizers. Hailing from Web3 animation studio, Toonstar, and 6th Wall (the Web3 arm of Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions), the parallel storyline takes place in the world of Toonstar's The Gimmicks, which is apparently the "first community-driven animated NFT series."
The release continues: "Featuring a signature quirky, expressive and fast-paced animation style, these NFT animated characters and their friends set on a misguided adventure to this year’s SXSW Gaming Awards and beyond."
The 2022 SXSW Gaming Awards will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. EST. Virtual attendees can stream it for free. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Square Enix), It Takes Two (Hazelight), Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions), and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games) are all up for the top award of the night: Game of the Year. For this year's full list of nominees, click here.
New episodes of Astrid & Lilly Save the World air on SYFY every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST (just after Resident Alien).