Forget Elden Ring & God of War, the real star of the Game Awards was the orchestra’s flute player


Pedro Eustache caught everyone’s attention during the Game of the Year orchestral medley at this year’s The Game Awards.

This year’s The Game Awards ceremony is over, with many hearts broken and many dreams realized. The annual Geoff Keighley awards ceremony was another successful celebration of video games and, as always, the presentation ended with the Game of the Year recognition.

One of the most anticipated parts of the show each year is the orchestral performance leading up to the final awards ceremony of the evening. Most notably, the orchestra plays a medley of arrangements by each of the Game of the Year nominees. It’s always a fan favorite and a total head turner as everyone eagerly awaits the winner.

This year, fans noticed one particular part of the orchestra that seemed particularly lively: the flute player. It was none other than Pedro Eustache, a renowned musician and composer specializing in woodwind instruments.

The audience noticed immediately how enthusiastically Eustache approached the performance with his instruments. Just look at how much energy he had:

The medley included segments from each of the Game of the Year nominees: Elden Ring, A Plague Tale: Requiem, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

It helps that the flute featured prominently in many parts of the medley arrangement, but there’s also no denying how passionate this musician is and how deeply he felt about the music.

Here are some of the reactions to Eustache’s appearance on Twitter:

Sure, the awards were fun, and I think the new game trailers were cool, but nothing was more exciting than doing Eustache justice to the incredible soundtracks of this year’s Game of the Year nominees.

You can watch the full orchestral performance below, and you won’t miss Eustache’s enthusiasm. See if you can count how many different types of flutes he plays throughout the arrangement.

You can see the full list of the show’s award winners here. Forget Elden Ring & God of War, the real star of the Game Awards was the orchestra’s flute player

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