Steam's Summer Game Festival Kicks Off Today With Over 900 Limited-Time Demos

Steam's Summer Game Festival Kicks Off Today With Over 900 Limited-Time Demos

That's a lot of vertical slices.

There may not be an E3 2020 this year, but that doesn't mean players will miss out on the chance to see some upcoming games. The Steam Game Festival launched its Summer Edition today, featuring over 900 playable demos.

Announced back in April, the Festival is one of several online events that have bloomed in the absence of events like E3 2020. From now through June 22 at 10 a.m. PT, developers will be airing broadcasts showcasing upcoming games and special limited-time demos are being made available on the Steam platform.

You can check out the full offering here, but there are a number of notable demos currently live. Some, like Desperados 3, are newly released games, while the cozy Spiritfarer or disc-slamming Windjammers 2 have yet to be released. According to Valve's own count, there are over 900 available, and that is frankly too many to list or filter, but luckily there are some genre tags and other tools to help narrow down the search towards your personal gaming preferences.

Several games have been demoed already this summer through venues like the Guerrilla Collective, highlighting new and upcoming indie games. It's all part of a larger shift to digital venues and online streams in the wake of COVID-19, though this isn't the first time Steam has done an event like this. Steam hosted one Game Festival last year around the 2019 Game Awards, and again earlier this year with games that missed out on GDC 2020.

While this all comes from health concerns around large gatherings, it's been pretty cool to see these short demos get widespread accessibility. Wandering the show floor at PAX and finding some new indies I never knew about to put on my watch list has always been one of my favorite parts of attending shows in-person, and so far, translating that experience to Steam has worked pretty well.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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