Game events cancelled, Summer Game Fest, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com for May 4th, 2020. Not a whole lot of news from this past weekend, but we’ve got a few things to check out here. Let’s get into it.

Fortnite World Cup, The International, and Evo 2020 cancelled

Three events got cancelled over the weekend. The first was the Fortnite World Cup, which Epic Games says they hope will return in 2021. They are not transitioning it to an online format because of “the limitations of cross region online competition.” Valve also announced that its yearly Dota 2 tournament The International is delayed, likely until to 2021. The prize pool will be funded by 25% of the sales from the Battle Pass, which is also delayed by just a few weeks. Finally, after sticking to their guns for a long time, Evo has also been cancelled, which is the biggest fighting game tournament of the year. They were scheduled for late July, and are now issuing full refunds. They will have some kind of online replacement though.

Geoff Keighley announces Summer Game Fest

Speaking of event cancellations, obviously E3 pulled out a while ago, and we seem to now have some kind of a replacement. Geoff Keighley, who is responsible The Game Awards and a number of other events, has just announced the Summer Game Fest. It seems like Keighley managed to corral a bunch of companies into making their usual summer announcements under a unified banner. In fact he describes it like “less of a single event and more of a Google calendar for industry digital showcases, game trailers, launches, in-game events, and free digital demos.” Companies like 2K, Activision, Bethesda, EA, and Sony will be participating, so its the big players, and the festival is 4 months long, because there isn’t going to be this solitary show where all the announcements are made. So pretty cool to hear, and I’ll keep you up to date with what happens.

Original Star Wars Battlefront gets official online multiplayer support

Today is Star Wars day, right, May the 4th be with you, well here’s some good Star Wars news — the original Star Wars Battlefront just got official online multiplayer support. Now 16 years ago when the game first released, it did support online multiplayer, but it eventually stopped being supported, and the version on Steam has never had it. Now, both Steam and GOG support it with crossplay. It has a 50% discount on Steam right now, it’s like $5 if you want to pick it up, alongside a whole bunch of other Star Wars games. In fact the complete Star Wars collection is 75% off, but so are all the individual games. Check it out.

Alright folks that’ll be all for today, thank you very much for joining me, and I’d also like to thank Thomas, Michael, Sophie, and Maxime for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon.