Zack “Asmongold” re-watched portions of The Game Awards 2022 on a live stream on December 9, 2022. During the broadcast, the streamer attempted to find out how a stage invader managed to interrupt proceedings while the developers of Elden Ring awarded the Game of the Year price accepted.
A young fan went viral for hijacking FromSoftware’s acceptance speech at the awards ceremony with a weird shoutout to its “Reform Orthodox Rabbi Bill Clinton.” He became the subject of various memes and posts on social media.
The bizarre incident overshadowed Elden Ring’s victory over God of War Ragnarok in the highly contested Game of the Year category. Asmongold, who watched Ludwig’s Mogul Mail video on the subject, agreed with the assessment that FromSoftware’s title was better than the new God of War.
However, the founder of OTK was eager to learn more about the stage invader. He scanned the footage to find out how the teen was left on stage in the first place.
“Bro, this kid is a legend”: Asmongold praises stage invader’s dedication to trolling The Game Awards as he tracks his movements during the incident
Asmongold was fascinated that any individual could get on such a prestigious stage award ceremony and say such a bizarre thing. The streamer tried to follow the fan’s movements to see how he got on stage:
‘Okay, let’s see. Yes, did I watch the boy?’
After rewinding the video, he saw the stage invader and exclaimed:
“Oh! There… is that him there? Oh my god. Oh no, he’s here.”
Asmongold realized that the teenager was somehow absorbed in Hidetaka Miyazaki and the others in the Elden Ring team. He went on to point out that the language barrier was probably a big reason why the fan could easily take the stage without much resistance.
The YouTuber said:
“Because you have to keep in mind that these guys, I’m sure they speak pretty good English. But imagine you have to go to Japan and collect the award. So you don’t really speak the language there, you understand Not quite what’s going on.”
“You’re abroad, it’s an overseas awards show. And then a random person just shows up. It’s like at some point you don’t really know what to do. It’s like, I don’t know…”
Asmongold was impressed with the stage invader after confidently taking his place among the winners on the podium:
“Does he shake…Brother, this kid is a legend. He helps one of the developers like, ‘Come on man. You did a great job. Come on and go to the sage.’ What a goddamn legend man, oh wow. Look at this.”
At this point in the stream, Ludwig, who was in the video to which the content creator responded, said something similar:
“Yeah, people give him a high five. And then he sort of gets into it. I mean, he even starts patting people on the back like he knows them. He says good job.”
Asmongold was stunned to see how brazen the stage invader stood as Miyazaki gave his acceptance speech after Elden Ring won The game of the year price:
“He’s just standing there. He’s just standing there. Oh my god, he’s just there. And they’re talking about the game and he’s patiently waiting his turn. Oh my god, this is so good.”
Asmongold also noted how the fan looked at the camera to make sure he would be seen properly. He said:
“Yeah, look, he looked up. He looked up to see where the scene is to make sure he’s on camera. What a legend.”
The streamer repeated:
“And you have to remember, these guys, you know, are from a totally different culture. They don’t speak English, they come in and so there’s a guy there and then it’s like, ‘I don’t know, is he part out of this? I have no idea, yes I have no idea. No idea.'”
He also commented on what the stage intruder said, noting that as the camera cut out, people could walk across the stage to arrest him:
“Reformed Orthodox Rabbi Bill Clinton! Then it’s three, you see the three guys, right? They walk on from the sides of the stage like they’re saying, ‘Yeah, come on. Let’s go.'”
Fan reactions to Asmongold’s video
Asmongold’s video got a lot of attention on YouTube. Here are some reactions from fans:
According to Geoff Keighley, the founder of The Game Awards, the fan who interrupted the show has been arrested and will likely face charges.