The Steam Game Festival Will Fill the Void of E3 2020 This Summer With Limited-Time Demos

The Steam Game Festival Will Fill the Void of E3 2020 This Summer With Limited-Time Demos

The digital event is teasing more platforms to come.

There isn't an E3 this year, but some people are working together to organize something in the interim. Today, Valve announced another edition of the Steam Game Festival, set to run June 9 through 14.

The Game Festival started in Dec. 2019, as an online event that coincided with the annual Game Awards. Featuring limited-time demos of many anticipated games, including the System Shock remake and Eastward, the festival ran for a limited time before the demos were disabled. Basically, a showfloor experience with lots of demos, but no lines and all online.

Steam hosted another event to spotlight demos of games that missed out on GDC 2020 after the event was cancelled, and now, the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition is filling the void of E3 2020.

Industry producer and creator Geoff Keighly said on Twitter that today's announcement is "the first preview of what's coming together" as a way to celebrate games this summer. He also says that the festival will "expand to more platforms."

The Summer Edition will still feature time-limited demos and short playable experiences, and via Steam's page, will also let virtual attendees "connect with the developers behind the games." No participants have been announced as of yet.

As publishers and developers turn to digital venues and more large-scale games events sit on tenuous ground due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, digital events like the Game Festival can at least provide some smattering of the gaming convention experience. Being able to play demos for unreleased games in the comfort of your living room is a plus, too.

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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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