Quake's Free During QuakeCon at Home, So... Why Not Play Quake at Home?

Quake's Free During QuakeCon at Home, So... Why Not Play Quake at Home?

Quake Champions, pictured, is also making it easy to unlock all its characters for free.

As time's gone on, QuakeCon has increasingly become something of a misnomer. Yes, it was initially a small gathering mostly dedicated to seeing whose Quake skills reign supreme, but it's now more of a general id Software and Bethesda bonanza. This year, though, with it replaced by the all-digital "QuakeCon at Home" due to the pandemic, the convention actually is a bit more Quake-centric, as anyone can claim a copy of the original for free.

From now until the end of QuakeCon at Home on Sunday, August 9, anybody who logs into the Bethesda Launcher with their Bethesda.net account can claim a copy of the original Quake for free. That's not a huge savings (Quake's listed for $5 on Steam normally, and right now's discounted 70%), but this free giveaway will probably see a decent bump in Quake's playerbase, so now's a good time to nab a copy.

Additionally, Bethesda has promised that if it raises $10,000 for charity over the weekend, it'll also grant free copies of Quake 2 after the convention is over. QuakeCon at Home is raising funds for Direct Relief, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, UNICEF, and The Trevor Project. Midway through day 1, the donation total is already about two-thirds of the way to the modest Quake 2-giveaway goal.

If you'd rather play a more modern take on rocket-jumping and railgunning, then there's also a good reason to load up id's free-to-play Quake Champions this weekend. On top of getting a new railgun skin just for logging in, any player who completes a single match in Quake Champions will also unlock every champion character for free.

We may get some more news this weekend on other titles like Doom Eternal or Fallout 76 out of QuakeCon at Home, but if you want to celebrate Quake itself, just log on and start blasting things. It really has been quite the week; you've earned some R&R and some TDM or FFA, your pick.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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