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.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

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.

In other news

Microsoft CEO Says It Will Consider Buying More Video Game Companies in the Future

Even after a big buy, Xbox could still keep growing.

Destiny 2 Adds a Memorial Quest For a Former Developer

Bungie is honoring a coworker and friend today.

Destiny 2's Forsaken and Shadowkeep Hit Xbox Game Pass Today

Time to catch up on Destiny 2, before Beyond Light.

Blizzard Announces BlizzConline in 2021

A new portmanteau for a new Blizzard convention experience.

Need help?

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Weapons Tier List

Here's our guide compiling the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 weapons list, including all weapon unlock levels, and more.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes List (August 2020)

All the info you need on getting and redeeming SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3, plus how to get Golden Keys to earn loot.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Quest - How to Get the New Xenophage Machine Gun

This is how to complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest, including all puzzles, and more.

Apex Legends Wattson - Abilities, Skins, How to Win With Wattson Apex Legends

This is our guide to Wattson in Apex Legends, featuring all her legendary skins, new abilities, tips, and more.