This period of canceled and delayed events continues. With both The Escapist Indie Showcase and IGN’s Summer of Gaming getting new dates due to recent events, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that Valve’s upcoming Steam Game Festival will do the same. Originally scheduled for June 9, Valve has delayed the event to next week. The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition will now take place from June 16 to 22.
New dates for the celebration
Originally, the Steam Game Festival was meant to coincide with E3 2020. Fans would have had the opportunity to try out limited demos and “short playable experiences” from upcoming games. Developers would have also been on hand to interact and talk about their projects. However, with the event now limited to the digital space, things have changed.
While Valve has given no proper reasons, it is safe to say that current events affected the date of the event. Following the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed, holding an event of celebration might not have seemed the best option. This shift in date follows others in the industry, with the likes of Sony, Activision, Epic Games, and more doing the same.
Third time’s the charm
The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition will be the third time Valve has held this event. The first-ever Steam Game Festival led up to The Game Awards 2019. We also got a Spring Edition back in March. That edition was meant to lead up to the Game Developers Conference. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected pretty much every event after that, causing many to be canceled or at lease rescheduled.
With the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, look forward to not just new games, but also great sales. Valve has always taken every opportunity to drop prices and entice consumers. It will no doubt do the same come June 16.