Summer Game Fest 2021: Schedule, Key Dates, Announcements, and Other Details

Published 05/29/2021, 9:28 AM EDT


The month of June is one of great excitement from gamers around the world. This is because Summer Game Fest kicks off on June 10. With Geoff Keighley as its host, this gaming extravaganza will feature streams and updates on upcoming titles from a variety of publishers. Summer Game Fest has something for everyone to look forward to.

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The 2021 rendition of this event will begin with a world premiere called Kickoff Live! It will begin at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET on June 10 and will feature a performance from the American rock band, Weezer.

Last year the fest was a last-minute replacement for the canceled E3. Keighley explains, “Last year we were kind of, building the plane as we were flying it with the festival because it was the middle of COVID, game companies didn’t know what they were doing. It was very patchwork, it ended up being all these events across the summer.”

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What does the Summer Game Fest entail?

In 2020, Summer Game Fest featured 16 of the industry’s major publishers. This year, it seems like they have taken it up a notch as the number of publishers in attendance has increased to 25. Aside from familiar faces like Activision, Valve, Bethesda, and Blizzard, it will also feature PlayStation who will not be in attendance at E3.

On June 12, viewers can catch Ubisoft Forward beginning at 12:00 pm PST. According to the official blog post, Ubisoft Forward is a “digital conference” that will feature “all the latest information about the lineup and announcements from our teams around the world.”

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Following Ubisoft Forward, the recently announced Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase will begin on June 13. Microsoft has confirmed that the event will begin at 10 am PST and 1 pm EST. The 90-minute long showcase will be our first look at the collaboration between these two leading publishers.

Towards the end of the month, Steam will host its own gaming showcase called Steam Nextfest. Held from 16th-22nd June, this event will demonstrate tonnes of games coming to the Steam store. With the Summer Games Fest set to kick off in a few weeks, gamers should keep their eyes peeled for updates.

Are you excited about the Summer Games Fest? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Aaron Dias is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently, he is a student at Xaviers College and is heavily invested in eSports. His interest in eSports began when he was young, with titles like FIFA, WWE, and Grand Theft Auto.

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