Updated June 4: This article has been updated to reflect events that have been postponed in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, has been a major event in the gaming world for years. This annual week serves as both a celebration of video games, as well as a window into what’s next for the industry. Unfortunately, gaming fans will be deprived of this expo for the year 2020 due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19.
That doesn’t mean that there will be a drought of information on new games and tech this year, however. The loss of E3 has created an opportunity for many new gaming events to get a little attention. As such, we will be putting a spotlight on the June gaming events that you should be aware of.
INDIE Live Expo 2020, June 6
In a celebration of independent games, the INDIE Live Expo will be broadcast to viewers all over the world. This will be achieved with the help of a variety of media outlets, as well as streamers from all walks of life.
The goal is to place a spotlight on new and interesting independent games that may not get the attention they deserve otherwise. However, viewers can be sure that they will see some of the best entertainment that the future has to offer. Fans will be able to view INDIE Live Expo on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Bilibili. The streaming begins June 6 at 4 a.m. PT.
Guerrilla Collective, June 6–8
The Guerrilla Collective will be a collaboration between more than a dozen gaming companies with Media Indie Exchange and Kinda Funny Games. The game companies that are involved include Paradox Interactive, Larian Studios, and Coffee Stain Studios. Naturally, many other incredible companies are involved, as well.
Being broadcast on Twitch, the show begins on June 6–8 at 10 a.m. PT each day. It will last throughout the day and include game reveals and gameplay previews.
Steam Game Festival Summer Edition, June 9–14
During this difficult time, being able to connect to other players is something that can keep people going. Developers hope to connect to players via the Steam Game Festival Summer Edition.
From June 9–14, players will be treated to time-limited demos and brief playable segments from upcoming games. They will also be able to interact with any developers of the games presented. Valve is behind the event, and it can be enjoyed from the comfort of home.
EA Play Live, June 11
Another feature that typically accompanies E3 is EA Play. This year the showcase will be held digitally for safety. Naturally, there will be new EA products to see, updates, and community content shared via stream. Among the game reveals set to happen, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some next-gen games shown off, too. EA Play Live begins on June 11 at 4 p.m. PT.
Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire, June 25
Cyberpunk 2077 was announced way back in 2012. Naturally, fans of CD Projekt RED have been rabidly snatching up every ounce of info on the title that they can. In the time since announcement, there have been a few gigantic slices of gameplay released. However, that simply hasn’t been enough for people who have been waiting for so long.
It seems that fans will get one more livestream filled with new information ahead of the game’s release on September 17. The event, called Night City Wire, will take place on June 25 (pushed back from its original date of June 11). But so far, CD Projekt RED has remained mum on what time it will stream. Keep your eyes on the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account for Night City Wire.
Day of the Devs, June 22 and July 20
This event seems to be a sort of celebration of the people who create the games we enjoy every day. Hosted by creator of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, Day of the Devs will be split into two showcases. One will happen on June 22, while the other falls on July 20.
Naturally, the livestream will feature gameplay, news on upcoming releases, and even musical performances. Among the developers and publishers set to appear include thatgamecompany, The Behemoth, and Skybound Games.
New Game Plus Expo, June 23
The New Game Plus Expo will gather developers and publishers that are mostly from Japan. Being livestreamed on Twitch for most of the day, fans can expect to see some new content from their favorite publishers. Companies set to appear as of right now include Sega, Koei Tecmo, Arc System Works, NIS America, SNK, and Spike Chunsoft. That’s a pretty strong lineup, and there’s sure to be something incredible to come from this event. The New Game Expo Plus begins on June 23 at 8 a.m. PT.
Marvel’s Avengers War Table Stream, June 24
Marvel’s The Avengers may be one of the hottest properties in film these days. However, that success has yet to translate into the gaming industry. Therefore, fans of these superheroes have been eagerly awaiting a chance to play as some of their favorite characters for years. Fortunately, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics hope to give fans what they want with Marvel’s Avengers.
This game looks interesting enough, but many fans have yet to be sold entirely. Hopefully this dedicated livestream can instill a little more faith in the title. The Marvel’s Avengers War Table Stream promises to show off new gameplay and the much discussed cooperative play that the game will feature. The stream takes place on June 24, but no start time has been announced yet. Keep your eyes on the Marvel’s Avengers official Twitter page.
Bitsummit Gaiden, June 27–28
For years, Bitsummit has been a Kyoto-based show that allows Japanese indie game makers to show what they’ve been working on. As you can imagine, this can help make or break a project that has been flying under the radar for a time. It can be immensely important to some of the smaller developers in the industry.
Since Bitsummit cannot be held this year, the organizers have decided to take an online approach for the time being. From this comes Bitsummit Gaiden, an event featuring livestreams and demos from 80 different indie developers.
What online gaming events in June are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below!