When this year’s E3 — the trade and influencer show devoted to all things gaming — was canceled due to the global pandemic, it left a gap. How would major video game companies’ planned announcements and updates reach the masses?

Enter Summer Game Fest, a virtual event spanning from May to August that promises to be packed with gaming announcements, in-game events, playable content, demos, and more.

Helmed by The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley, this virtual festival will set itself apart from E3 in a few ways. Aside from the obvious time span difference — four months, compared to four days — Summer Game Fest will be free to consumers and feature even more participating game companies. Check out the first phase of companies joining Summer Game Fest — Even Sony/PlayStation is taking part, despite planning to skip E3 this year (even before we knew what COVID-19 was).

Last night, Summer Game Fest launched its website, which includes an events schedule. The lineup includes events such as the Xbox Series X gameplay livestream scheduled for tomorrow, a surprise game reveal on May 12, and a Cyberpunk 2077  broadcast on June 11. Basically, companies will host their own events, with the Summer Game Fest website and social media accounts acting as a scheduling hub and/or streaming location.

As more game publishers announce events, the Summer Game Fest schedule will update on a rolling basis. Fans can also use the site to set reminders about specific events.

To keep up with all the Summer Game Fest events, visit summergamefest.com and keep watching here at the Pop Insider for gaming news and updates throughout the summer! Also, check out the Summer Game Fest intro video below.

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