2020 is a strange and terrible year so far.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, all big events this year have had to be cancelled. That means there’s no E3 2020.
But in lieu of the huge gaming conference, many developers, publishers and fans of games are putting together their own events. Digital events that you can join in with no matter where in the world you are.
It means that the usual E3 calendar which spans a few days in June is now spread out over the course of a couple of months. It also means that some developers who wouldn’t have their own big platform have been able to create their own. We’ve already seen one event celebrating smaller indie games with last month’s Wholesome Direct.
Here’s every event we know is happening so far, when it’s happening, and how you can watch.
IGN Expo – June 10, 11, 12 and 15
Spread across four days, IGN Expo promises exclusive game reveals, new trailers and gameplay demos. Some are as-yet unannounced games; others are outlined on IGN’s website.
The first part of the Expo kicks off at 12pm PT/8pm BST on Wednesday, 10th June. You can watch on IGN’s website and just about anywhere else you can imagine.
PS5 Showcase – June 11
Supposed to be held last week, Sony’s first showing of PS5 games was delayed as a result of ongoing protests in support of Black Lives Matter. The company has just announced a rescheduled date: Thursday, 11th June. It’ll be streamed at 1pm PST/9pm BST here.
Guerrilla Collective – June 13-15
The Guerrilla Collective kicks off on Saturday 13th June, although the exact timing is still TBA. Over 30 indie game companies have joined forces with the event, showcasing upcoming games and making new announcements. Find out more about Guerrilla Collective on its official website. The Stream will be available to watch on Twitch or Steam.
PC Gaming Show – June 13
From PC Gamer, the PC Gaming Show is the same annual showcase that takes place during E3 each year. Except this time, it will be shown as part of Guerrilla Collective, rather than E3. Expect new trailers and announcements for PC-centric releases. An exact time is still to be announced, but you can watch live on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.
Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition – June 16-22
Happening on Valve’s Steam platform, the Steam Game Festival will highlight upcoming games, allow us to try out demos, offer discounts as well as hosting streams and interviews with game developers. Find out more, and set a reminder for the event, on the official Steam page.
EA Play Live – June 18
EA Play is EA’s event that takes place at E3 every year. This year, it’s its own standalone event, but we can expect the same kinds of announcements. It’s likely new games from the developer will be shown off, as well as updates on its existing titles. It kicks off at 4pm PT on 18th June (midnight 19th June BST), and you can watch it on EA’s website.
Day of the Devs – June 22 and July 20
Hosted by Double Fine and iam8bit, Day of the Devs is a joint effort with The Game Awards allowing developers to showcase upcoming projects. Exact times are still to be confirmed, but there’ll be two events; one on 22nd June and one on 20th July. Fore more information, sign up for updates on the official website.
New Game+ Expo – June 23
An online showcase featuring Sega, Koei Tecmo, Aksys, Idea Factory and numerous other developers, New Game+ Expo will feature announcements and trailers for upcoming games. It’ll stream exclusively on Twitch on 23rd June at 8am PDT/3pm BST. Find out more here.
Night City Wire by CD Projekt Red – June 25
Originally set to take place this week, Night City Wire has been postponed for two weeks until 25th June. It’s a showcase all about one game: Cyberpunk 2077. Expect new information on the game, never before seen footage and more. An exact time is still TBA.
Ubisoft Forward – July 12
Ubisoft’s E3 expo is usually the highlight of the show in terms of visuals. It’s not E3 without the company coming on stage with a huge Just Dance presentation. Its online-only event may be slightly more low key, however, but we can likely expect the same amount of updates and new announcements. It’s happening on 12th July at 12pm PDT/8pm BST.
Xbox 20/20 – July TBA
While last month’s Inside Xbox gave us a glimpse of some games coming to Xbox Series X, an event scheduled for July is set to give us a look at first party games coming to the console. It’ll be the first time we hear about many of them, so it should be exciting. No date has been given for the event yet, but you can find out more here.