Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest Returns for 2021
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We're back in that game festival window. The E3 mid-year bookmark or calendar circle you tend to wait in high anticipation of, thanks largely to the information that traditionally pours from that event, and all that surround it, affiliated or not.
These have been trying times, however, and in the wake of truly game-changing practices, an all-digital free-for-all has emerged in the wake of the physical celebrations of games, lead triumphantly last year by Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest while E3 fumbled to play catch-up to the fallout. And while this year E3 looks to have its act together, it's the Summer Game Fest with a full pre-season under its belt that all eyes are on for 2021.
All up to date information can be found on the official site, but in a nutshell, there are currently more than 30 partners involved in this year's Summer Game Fest, an opening 'ceremony' (featuring Weezer) and a number of publisher and developer live stream events, original programming, industry analysis and more from the games media veteran and his team.
“As a free, fan-first, global experience, Summer Game Fest will bring the entire video game community together for a memorable month of announcements and updates,” said Geoff Keighley, curator, Summer Game Fest.
Summer Game Fest will include updates for fans from the following partners, with more to be announced (in alphabetical order): 2K, Activision, Amazon Games, Annapurna Interactive, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Battlestate Games, Blizzard Entertainment, CAPCOM, Devolver Digital, Dotemu, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Finji, Frontier, Gearbox Publishing, Hi-Rez Studios, Inner Sloth, Koch Media, Mediatonic, MiHoYo, PlayStation, Psyonix, Raw Fury, Riot Games, Saber Interactive, SEGA, Steam, SQUARE ENIX, Tribeca Festival, Tencent Games, Warner Bros. Games, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Xbox.
Summer Game Fest will blast off with Kick Off Live!, a spectacular world premiere showcase streaming globally on Thursday, June 10 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET/ 6 pm GMT. Produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards, Kick Off Live! will feature more than a dozen world premieres and announcements from select publishers, while also serving as a preview of the exciting publisher livestream events planned during Summer Game Fest.
In addition, Days of the Devs, an in-depth showcase of exciting new independent games, produced and curated by iam8bit and Double Fine Productions, will be featured as part of the Kick Off Live! broadcast.
“The Day of the Devs team handpicked the best of the games and performances from hundreds of submissions from all around the world. What they've put together is, for the ninth year in a row, an incredibly inspiring celebration of gaming's creative spirit,” said Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions and co-founder of Day of the Devs.
As part of Summer Game Fest, select publishers will directly update fans with free live streamed events, which will be indexed and available to watch on summergamefest.com. Starting today, fans can visit summergamefest.com for a constantly updated calendar of events as they are announced by publishers.
Summer Game Fest’s original programming, including Kickoff Live, will be distributed across all major streaming platforms, including Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and more global outlets, and also be available for co-streaming by creators around the world. Amazon’s Prime Gaming will serve as a sponsor of Summer Game Fest.
Fans can follow @summergamefest on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter for continual updates on events and news. Additional world premieres, musical performances, special guests and partners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Check out a trailer highlighting the above, embedded below.