Summer Game Fest has established itself as a host platform, of sorts, for gaming reveals and events that can stretch over the Summer months. This year, however, Geoff Keighley hosted a 'kickoff' event full of world premieres and announcements, giving gamers a central event in addition to the many smaller shows. It also came right before E3, in a delicious bit of PR warfare.
As with last year, however, there'll be a lot going on in the coming weeks and months, so we'll keep this guide updated with all the details you need.
What is Summer Game Fest?
Summer Game Fest made its debut in 2020, very much filling a void of cancelled in-person events like E3, PAX and so on. Its various videos and live streams stretched over 4 months, albeit some of the reveals and events were much smaller than others.
Though Summer Game Fest hosted various scoops in 2020, its major Kickoff Live event this year is a response to those that want a conventional major show to include reveals, exclusives and so on. This year, so far, seems more focused on a smaller number of major events as opposed to smaller, fragmented reveals throughout Summer 2020.
When is Summer Game Fest 2021?
Summer Game Fest kicked off with its showcase event on Thursday 10th June 2021; unlike other virtual events / expos it doesn't then end a few days later. It'll serve as a hub for reveals and gaming events throughout the Summer.
Summer Game Fest: Kickoff Live, the main livestreamed event full of reveals, was broadcast at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm UK / 8pm CEST - you can watch the entire broadcast on our liveblog archive page.
Summer Game Fest Conference Times
Moving beyond the Kick-Off showcase, Summer Game Fest is slightly cheeky in that it even lists conferences that are technically part of E3. In any case, these are all of the live events confirmed so far.
|Steam Next Fest||16th June||10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK / 7pm CEST (runs until 22nd June with demos etc on Steam)|
|Sonic Symphony Orchestra||23rd June||12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST|
|EA Play Live||22nd July||TBC|
We'll update this guide with more information about conference times as they're is released.
Who's taking part in Summer Game Fest 2021?
A host of game publishers have committed to Summer Game Fest with a variety of events. We'll update the list below as more are announced, but the current list of publishers taking part is already substantial. That said, Nintendo is not currently slated to participate in any way.
Game Publishers Attending Summer Game Fest and E3 2021
Here is the list of all confirmed publishers taking part in Summer Game Fest 2021:
- Amazon Games
- Annapurna Interactive
- Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Battlestate Games
- Blizzard Entertainment
- Devolver Digital
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games
- Gearbox Publishing
- Hi-Rez Studios
- Inner Sloth
- Koch Media
- Raw Fury
- Riot Games
- Saber Interactive
- Square Enix
- Tribeca Festival
- Tencent Games
- Warner Bros
- Wizards of the Coast
Where can I watch Summer Game Fest: Kickoff Live?
You can (re)watch the event on your live streaming platform of choice, although we'd head to our liveblog page for the archived stream if we were you.
How to watch Summer Game Fest
Here on Nintendo Life we'll host live streams and blogs of events we think have a high chance of Switch content, or are simply of interest. At present this will include the Kickoff Live showcase, Koch Prime Time, Ubisoft Forward, Sonic Symphony Orchestra and EA Play Live.
Do I have to pay for Summer Game Fest?
Nope, all of the events are free!
Let us know below if you've got any other questions and we'll endeavour to update this guide with answers. Otherwise, let us know if you're excited for Summer Game Fest below.