Summer Game Fest 2023 Returns with Live Audience

Summer Game Fest 2023, scheduled for June 8 at 3 p.m. ET at the YouTube Theater in L.A., promises two hours of non-stop video game news, updates, and world premieres, streamed around the globe with a live studio audience. 

Host and producer of the Summer Game Fest, Geoff Keighley, is gearing up for a memorable show this year, although he admits that he’s unsure about what will be this year’s standout moment in a recent interview with Epic. The Summer Game Fest has traditionally been a platform for major game reveals, with previous years boiling down to one or two primary announcements.

The 2020 event, for instance, is best remembered for the stunning gameplay trailer and release date reveal for Elden Ring. Keighley acknowledges the uncertainty and challenges of producing such a show, stating:

“As I always say with these shows, one or two games kind of make the entire difference.”

He hinted that there are currently three or four things that are going to be “pretty big for this audience.”

Unlike The Game Awards, which is primarily a rapid-fire sequence of trailers and announcements, Summer Game Fest typically aims to provide more context around games. Developers are on stage to discuss their games, and no awards are given. The focus is purely on showcasing new and upcoming games.

The addition of a live audience, expected to be about 3,000 strong, will bring a new level of energy to the event. Keighley noted the impact of live reactions during the Game Awards last year, saying:

In the world of so many video events, our live show and fan audience is a key differentiator for Summer Game Fest.

The return of Summer Game Fest comes when E3, another major gaming event, has been canceled for the second year. Despite the surprise cancellation, Keighley says it didn’t significantly impact the Summer Game Fest.

Visit the official Summer Game Fest website for more information about the event.

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