At the 357th Video Games Live performance at the Troxy in London last weekend, co-creator of the videogame concert series Tommy Tallarico (USA) was presented with two official certificates celebrating his Guinness World Records achievements – primarily the record broken on the night for the Most videogame concerts performed.
Featuring the British Sinfonietta orchestra, the record-breaking concert recreated epic gaming soundtracks alongside video projections of the games.
Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition Editor Stephen Daultrey said: “Anyone who’s been to a VGL event will know just how epic and amazing these shows are – not to mention the fervent, sell-out fan bases they’ve attracted. Tommy Tallarico has toured and worked tirelessly to make these shows a must-see in the gaming calendar – and he has the accolades to prove it!”
Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel also gave Tallarico a certificate for the title Largest audience for a live videogame music concert.
On 13 August 2015 in Beijing, China, at the Beijing Exhibition Theatre, Video Games Live performed to a staggering total of 752,109 people, 750,023 of whom were watching a live stream via the Chinese version of YouTube, known as Youku. There were 2,086 people at the concert itself. The record beat Video Games Live’s own record of 320,000 people who had watched their Amazon/Twitch sponsored event at the San Diego Comic Con in 2013.
Tommy Tallarico was thrilled to receive the records, commenting: "As a young boy growing up my parents would always have the newest Guinness World Records book in our home. I think every person who has ever opened the book dreams of someday being in it and what they could possibly do in order to achieve that. My dream has come true through video games and it's such an honour and special lifetime achievement to be a part of such a special group."
These two Video Games Live records are set to feature in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition book, out later this year.