PC gaming will finally take center stage during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), with a special press conference set to take place on June 16 geared toward the latest tech, games and developer news.
In recent years, E3 press conferences have typically been all about home consoles and a handful of publishers with a big enough stable to warrant their own show. Usual suspects include PlayStation and Xbox shows and, until recently, Nintendo. Electronic Arts is also typically good for a big, live press conference, alongside Ubisoft and a couple others.
While PC gaming and technology always has a large presence on the Los Angeles Convention Center floor, it looks like PC Gaming has decided to give its platform developers a moment to shine, putting together yet another live press conference to add to the growing list.
"PC gaming is in a golden age, with more powerful and affordable hardware than ever before, thousands of games available through Steam, Origin and other platforms, and millions of viewers regularly watching eSports online," reads the rundown at the event’s official website. "Now, for the first time, the PC platform will have its own event during E3, where the community will be able to celebrate this era with some of the biggest names in PC gaming and see the innovations that lie ahead."
While the majority of press conferences will take place on June 15, the day before the E3 convention officially kicks off, the PC show will be held during the first regular day of the show. In recent years, this is the same day Nintendo holds its “Direct” virtual conference, too, rather than putting on a big live show.
Hosted out of the Belasco Theater, PC Gaming has partnered with Twitch to make sure everyone can get in on the action live, promising all of the usual press conference trimmings such as game reveals, updates and maybe even a few surprises.
The PC Gaming Show will be hosted by Sean Plott, better known by many as Day, who has gained notoriety as an eSports commentator. He’ll be joined on stage by many developers and publishers, including Blizzard Entertainment, Cliff Bleszinski, Devolver, Paradox Interactive, Square Enix and Humble Bundle, just to name a few.
This is one of those things that makes so much sense, you’re not entirely sure why it hasn't happened until now. PC gaming is obviously a huge market but, until now, the platform has never had its own event during one of the biggest games conventions in the world. It'll be nice to see even more developers have an opportunity to speak directly to their fans while also showing off some highly anticipated titles.
Now if only someone would put together a show for mobile gaming, E3 would be complete.