The PC Gaming Show will return in November, and it is virtually impossible to avoid E3
It’s June in November
The PC Gaming Show, an independent exposition of computer games that has been held in the region of E3’s June dates since its inception in 2015, will hold its second annual event on Nov. 17, as the video game industry’s hype cycle gradually spreads to encompass the full annual calendar.
The new event is advertised as a 2023 Preview, and it will include “the most intriguing games coming to the PC platform next year and beyond.” It will be hosted by Frankie Ward of the PC Gaming Show and aired live on YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.
The Intel-sponsored exhibition will include a peek at Kerbal Space Program 2, a new game from Armello studio League of Geeks, noir detective game Shadows of Doubt, and World War I strategy game The Great War: Western Front, among other things. PC Gamer, the long-running website and magazine behind the PC Gaming Show, will also choose its top five most-wanted titles for 2023.
Plaion (the publisher previously known as Koch Media), Sega, Frontier, and Avalanche Studios are also sponsors, and it’s reasonable to think we’ll see releases from some of these firms as well.
The decision to have a second showcase later in the year reflects Geoff Keighley’s expanding game-announcement empire, which established December’s Gaming Awards as a key occasion on the game industry’s calendar before introducing Summer Game Fest as an E3 rival during the epidemic years. Summer Game Fest will hold its inaugural public event in 2023, while E3 will return in a revamped show featuring both media and public days.
Meanwhile, several publishers, including industry heavyweights like as Nintendo, Sony, and Electronic Arts, have decided to spread their own showcase events across the year at periods that are convenient for them. When it comes to creating buzz, it appears that Keighley and new E3 organizers ReedPop will be competing for an ever-shrinking share of the excitement pie.
There must be a limit on the number of trailers available. However, Future Publishing, the proprietors of PC Gamer and the producers of the PC Gaming Show, plainly believe there is place in the calendar for one more date. With this decision, we are one step closer to a world where E3 is never not E3 — where we can all watch a never-ending stream of trailers and embarrassing in-studio developer interviews all year long.