This E3, the PC is getting its own show. The inaugural PC Gaming Show is being held amidst E3 festivities on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. PST at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Special announcements, unveilings, and more are in store from scheduled presenters that include AMD, Blizzard Entertainment, Cloud Imperium Games, Devolver, Humble Bundle, Paradox Interactive, and Square Enix. Just like the PlayStation and Xbox press conferences, gamers can watch a live stream of the event via Twitch.
Thanks in part to strong showings from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, who naturally push their proprietary gaming platforms, E3 has been a primarily console-charged event. The PC Gaming Show just might change that. The show is being organized by the team at PC Gamer in partnership with AMD. Tim Clark, Global Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer, explains the rationale behind the event.
“We’re living in a golden age of PC gaming, but unlike other platforms the PC has no format holder, no marketing department, and—until now—no event during E3 week purely devoted to it… We think a show like this, which brings together people from every corner of PC gaming to celebrate the exciting things happening, is long overdue.”
With players turning to services like Steam, Origin, GOG, and Humble Bundle in droves for their PC gaming fix, it makes sense for players on PC to get a presentation geared toward their platform of choice during the industry’s biggest week of the year. According to Matt Skynner, Corp. VP & General Manager, Computing and Graphics at AMD, the current gaming climate makes it the perfect time to put the spotlight on the PC.
“At AMD, our focus is on driving gaming innovation in all possible ways. The PC Gaming Show embodies the spirit of innovation, openness and community that’s part of our DNA – delivered by gamers, for gamers… The time is right for a PC-focused event in the week of E3 and we’re honored to be part of bringing the industry together.”
Hosting the PC Gaming Show is Sean “Day ” Plott, former professional StarCraft II player and current host of gaming-centric netcast The Day Daily. According to an article on GamesIndustry.biz, specific speakers at the show include Cliff Bleszinski, founder of Boss Key Productions, plus Day Z developer and RocketWerkz’s founder, Dean Hall. One of the most glaring omissions from the presenter roster is Riot Games, but it is quite possible the League of Legends publisher may be added to the list at a later date.
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