With E3 and other conventions canceled for the year, video game companies are turning to digital events to make their announcements. In comes Summer Game Fest, which will bring fans a season of breaking news, in-game events, and free playable content.
Designed from the ground-up as a first-of-its-kind, all-digital consumer celebration, Summer Game Fest is a multi-month global festival that highlights video games.
Summer Game Fest season will run from May through August 2020 and feature updates for fans from the numbers game publishers and platforms.
Included in the Phase 1 lineup are 2K, Activision Publishing, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft (more details coming next week), Private Division, Riot Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Steam, SQUARE ENIX, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Specific event details will be shared by each game publisher, with additional publishers set to be announced in the coming weeks.
“In these uncertain and challenging times, it’s more important than ever that video games serve as a common and virtual connection point between us all,” said Geoff Keighley, curator, Summer Game Fest. “SGF is an organizing principle that promises fans a whole season of video game news and other surprises from the comfort of home.”
As part of the season, Steam, Xbox and other platforms will offer fans access to playable, limited time demonstrations and trials of select game content. Specific game content and timing will vary by platform.
Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition will run June 9 – 14, with other platform dates to be announced.
Programming that is a part of Summer Game Fest will be distributed across all major streaming platforms, including publisher owned and operated channels on Facebook, Mixer, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and more global outlets and media partners.
Geoff Keighley will host special pre and post shows for flagship publisher events and partner with events and collectibles innovator, iam8bit, to produce a showcase highlighting upcoming games.
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