The Game Awards has announced The Game Festival 2019, a digital consumer event hosted on Steam that brings hands-on gameplay demos to users around the world. It will feature more than a dozen first-look game demos for a limited 48-hour window before they are removed from Steam. The event will run from December 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. PT to December 14 at the same time.
This is a great chance for players to expand their horizons and learn more about the game industry. What’s more, Geoff Keighley has provided a statement that reflects this initiative:
Six years ago I bet everything I had to create The Game Awards as a way to celebrate our passion for gaming. Now feels like the right time to take the next step with The Game Festival, a completely digital approach to the consumer event space.
Let’s face it: Not everyone can attend a physical trade show or consumer event. The Game Festival is designed from the ground-up as an event without barriers, extending the benefits of a physical event to the global gaming community that watches The Game Awards.
The Game Festival 2019 Game Lineup
Here are some of the 12-plus games that will release free, limited-time demos on Steam for The Game Festival 2019:
- Acid Knife (Powerhoof)
- Carrion (Phobia / Devolver Digital)
- Chicory (Greg Lobanov)
- The Drifter (Powerhoof)
- Eastward (Pixpil / Chucklefish)
- Haven (The Game Bakers)
- Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive)
- Moving Out (SMG Studio / Devm Games / Team17)
- Röki (Polygon Treehouse / United Label)
- SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)
- Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus)
- System Shock (Nightdive Studios)
- Wooden Nickel (Brain&Brain)
In addition to hosting The Game Festival 2019, Steam will air The Game Awards 2019 live in 4K resolution. As is tradition, the platform will feature a The Game Awards 2019 sale. Finally, it will offer viewers the opportunity to win a Valve Index VR headset and free games throughout the broadcast.
Are you ready for The Game Awards? We certainly are! The TSR crew has made their predictions about the Game Awards in the latest podcast. What do you think about The Game Festival? Are you going to play any of the demos available on Steam? Where are you going to watch the event? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.