After E3 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a few digital events were created to similarly serve as showcases for news and game reveals from devs and publishers. One of those events, The Guerrilla Collective, was set to kick off on Saturday. The event has now been pushed back a week, and its organizers are also putting together a new stream for June 7 in response to the widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
Created by Media Indie Exchange and Kinda Funny, The Guerrilla Collective was set to revolve around three streams on June 6 through 8, featuring announcements and trailers from companies such as Larian Studios, Raw Fury, Humble Bundle, Disco Elysium makers ZA/UM, and more. The streams will now take place on June 13, 14, and 15.
"We recognize this is a time for action and for voices speaking out for justice and change to be heard," reads the new statement released regarding the delay. "We stand united for change, for justice and in support of Black Lives Matter[...] We are preparing a livestream for June 7 to highlight Black voices in our industry, dedicated exclusively to showcasing games created by Black developers, titles featuring Black protagonists, and conversations with these creators."
The Guerrilla Collective promises more details on this Sunday's stream soon. It's not clear whether some of the new stream's programming will draw on titles that were already lined up to be showcased during the regular festival.
Paradox Interactive, large publisher and makers of the Crusader Kings games, was also going to have a separate Paradox Insider show on June 6 as part of The Guerrilla Collective. Yesterday, the publisher announced that it would postpone that show to a later date ahead of Guerrilla's delay for the main event streams. Dates aside, timing has not been announced for the main streams, and Paradox promises more details on Insider soon along with "some ways to help," presumably referring to resources or donation options related to the global protest movement.
Also pushed to June 13 are the PC Gaming Show and the Future Games Show, which were also delayed out of respect for the protests. Both announcements also included calls to action for learning more about Black Lives Matter.
As large swathes of the games industry, USgamer included, work to find ways to support and take responsibility in combating racial injustice in our own spheres, moving events like these is a clear necessity. As our News Editor Eric Van Allen put it earlier this week, "video games can wait, but this issue cannot." By and large, it seems that those who've worked hard to fill the industry event void left by the pandemic agree with that sentiment.