Shortly after ReedPop announced that it would be parting ways with E3, Geoff Keighley confirmed that Summer Game Fest would be returning to Los Angeles in 2024 for its annual summer gaming festivities. The show will once again be available to stream globally for free, with dozens of publishers and developers usually taking part in the showcase.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 has struggled to host its massive annual gaming expo. In the past, it was the biggest gaming event of the year, usually accompanied by big key presentations and showcases from multiple companies. However, the tides have slowly shifted over to Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, which now occupies the same time frame and slot of E3 every year and presents a similar show format.
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The ESA recently announced that ReedPop will no longer be involved with handling E3 as the 2024 event is up in the air, though it might take place in a smaller form elsewhere. A “complete reinvention” of the show is expected for 2025, so things might be looking bright for the future of E3. In the meantime, Keighley’s Summer Game Fest has really developed into a big summer gaming event over the years and now it looks like it’s here to stay.
Apart from Summer Game Fest, Keighley hosts multiple gaming events throughout the year. Last month, he hosted Gamescom Opening Night Live which put the spotlight on upcoming games like Mortal Kombat 1, Alan Wake 2 and much more – apart from a weird incident with a stage crasher, it turned out to be a success. However, The Game Awards racks up the most viewership of any awards ceremony in the entertainment industry, usually bringing in more views than the Oscars. That’s expected to return as well this December.
Source: Summer Game Fest