Summer 2020’s upcoming digital gaming events
In response to the currently ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the continued need for proper social distancing practices, many game companies and event organizers have been canceling normally in-person events in favor of totally digital replacements that fans can experience online. These major reshufflings have naturally disrupted what is normally one of the busiest and most exciting times for gamers, i.e. the summer season, but just because we’re self-quarantining doesn’t mean we can’t get hyped over new and upcoming game releases.
Below we’ve listed out all of the major digital gaming events being held over the next three months along with when and how you can tune in to experience them live. From press showcases to tournaments to charity-based speedrun marathons, these events prove that just because you’re stuck inside during the warmest time of the year doesn’t mean you can’t still be a part of gaming culture as it develops.
Gaming Events in June
Guerrilla Collective Online Game Festival – June 6-8
From June 6-8 Guerrilla Collective will be hosting a three-day online game festival which will include trailers, announcements, and brand new game reveals from several triple-A and indie studios. The list of studios attending includes Sega of America, Larian Studios, Raw Fury, Coffee Stain, Rebellion, and more. Each day of the event will begin at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST and will be livestreamed via Guerrilla Collective’s Twitch channel.
Paradox Insider – June 6
Gaming publisher Paradox Interactive will also be hosting a mini-event of its own called Paradox Insider within the larger Guerrilla Collective festival. Paradox Insider will begin on June 6 at 11:30 a.m. PST/2:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast via Paradox’s own Twitch channel.
PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming Event - June 11
PC Gaming Show - June 13
Originally scheduled for June 6, The PC Gaming Show will now be held on June 13. The event will showcase news and announcements from partners like Epic Games, Intel, Tripwire Interactive, Frontier, Merge, Perfect World, Humble Bundle, and Guerilla Collective. Watch the event on PC Gamer's Twitch channel.
UploadVR Summer Showcase – June 16
Originally scheduled for June 8, This event will be entirely devoted to the latest developments in virtual reality gaming and will be hosted by the UploadVR YouTube channel. More than 20 new and upcoming VR games are expected to be shown in what UploadVR is describing as a “Nintendo Direct-style video.” UploadVR will broadcast the event from its official YouTube page on June 16 at a to-be-determined time.
EA Play Live – June 18
Game publisher Electronic Arts usually hosts its own in-person E3-adjacent event called EA Play, but since E3 2020 has been cancelled, this year’s EA Play event will be entirely digital. Aside from its new format, the event is expected to function as normal by showcasing a series of games and trailers from EA’s publishing portfolio. This year’s EA Play Live event will be broadcast via the official Electronic Arts Twitch channel on June 18 at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST.
The Game Awards ‘Day of the Devs’ Developer Showcase Part One – June 22
The Game Awards will be hosting two separate ‘Day of the Devs’ developer showcases which will include a litany of new and upcoming games from both indie and triple-A developers. The first of these two events will take place on June 22 at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST and can be viewed via The Game Awards’ official Twitch channel.
New Game Plus Expo – June 23
On June 23, New Game Plus Expo will host an online showcase of upcoming games from developers and publishers such as Atlus, Grasshopper Manufacture, GungHo, Sega, and Arc System Works among others. A specific timeframe for the showcase is still being determined but it will be broadcast via the New Game Plus Expo Twitch channel.
Marvel’s Avengers War Table – June 24
As you can tell from its name, this event will focus entirely on Crystal Dynamics’ and Square Enix’s upcoming superhero action game Marvel’s Avengers. The event will take place on June 24 and will include new gameplay trailers as well as segments that focus specifically on co-op play and story missions. Fans will be able to watch the event live via Square Enix’s Twitch channel.
Night City Wire – June 25
Originally scheduled for June 11, CD Projekt Red will be livestreaming new content for its upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 in a sort of mini-event it has dubbed ‘Night City Wire’ on June 25. When exactly the stream will go live is still being determined, but when it does go up it will be available via CD Projekt Red’s Twitch channel.
BitSummit Gaiden – June 27-28
BitSummit Gaiden is a two-day digital event that focuses on indie games, particularly those from Japanese developers. The event will run from June 27-28 and will include over 75 games in total, many of which will come complete with demos that viewers can stream. Both days of the event will be broadcast live via BitSummit’s Twitch channel.
Gaming Events in July
TennoCon 2020 – July 11
Digital Extremes’ annual convention devoted entirely to its hit F2P sci-fi game Warframe is transitioning to an entirely digital format, and as usual this year’s event will include updates on the future of Warframe and its various gameplay components. TennoCon 2020 is expected to begin on July 11 and will be broadcast via the official Warframe Twitch channel.
Ubisoft Forward – July 12
Similar to Electronic Arts and its EA Play event, Ubisoft is hosting an entirely digital E3-style showcase of its own called Ubisoft Forward on July 12. The event will kick off at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST and will naturally include new game trailers, announcements, and more. Ubisoft will broadcast the event via its official Twitch channel.
The Game Awards ‘Day of the Devs’ Developer Showcase Part Two – July 20
The second of The Game Awards’ ‘Day of the Devs’ two developer showcases will be held on July 20. Much like the first event, this one will be broadcast via The Game Awards’ Twitch channel.
Evo 2020 – July 31-August 2
The normally in-person Evolution Championship Series (or ‘Evo’ for short) of annual fighting game tournaments was originally supposed to run from July 31-August 2 this year, but Evo event organizers wisely decided to cancel the event over safety concerns. Instead, a series of four entirely online tournaments will be held throughout the month of July, each one focusing on a different game (Mortal Kombat 11, Skull Girls 2nd Encore, Them’s Fighting Herds, and Killer Instinct).
The qualifying stages for each of the four tournaments will be held over a two-day period during each weekend of July (so July 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26), while the finals will be held during the time period that was originally reserved for the in-person event (July 31-August 2). As of this writing, Evo organizers are still sorting out the details, but we’re guessing all of the online tournaments will be streamed via the official Evo Twitch channel.
Gaming Events in August
Summer Games Done Quick 2020 – August 16-23
Similar to Evo 2020, the annual Summer Games Done Quick (or ‘SGDQ’ for short) speedrunning marathon is a hybrid of in-person speedrunning and livestream broadcasting. However, the event has now totally moved online too, they’ve just delayed the timing to August 16-23.
Gamescom 2020 – August 27-30
Rather than host an in-person event, as usual, the annual Cologne, Germany-based Gamescom convention will instead be broadcasting a four-day showcase called Opening Night Live. The showcase will be hosted by gaming luminary Geoff Keighley and will happen on each day from August 27-30 at an as-yet-determined time. Each day of the show will include new game reveals, announcements, trailers, and other surprises as befitting a major gaming convention event.
Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll do our best to keep this list updated with the latest times and dates as they’re confirmed. We’ll also be sure to add in any new events should they be announced over the summer period.