It’s the festival that never ends as Steam announced another chapter of the Steam Game Festival for the summer of 2020. The inaugural festival took place after the Game Awards of 2019, but as the game industry fell into distress in the wake of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) delay, Valve Corporation and Geoff Keighley, host of the Game Awards, revived a spring edition of the festival to shield indie developers and draw more eyes to the games that could have potentially gone belly up as a result of GDC’s postponement. Now, players can look forward to another party bag full of free demos to play and developer livestreams to watch between June 9, 2020, and June 14, 2020, in an effort to continuously support upcoming games.
Like the previous two festivals, a variety of game demos and short playable experiences will be available to download for free and try out during the six-day period. All games that will be in the showcase are required to be submitted by a Steamworks account in good standing and set to release on Steam after June 15, 2020, and before the summer of 2021 with a visible and approved store page. Wish-listing any games you want to support is highly encouraged as any addition of a game to a player’s wishlist assists in its visibility through Steam’s algorithm. Now more than ever is the time to support one another.
Game developers can submit proposals by April 24th to earn a spot in the global showcase. More information for developers and players can be found through Steam’s site, including a reminder widget to ensure you don’t forget when the ribbon is cut for this party.