Steam Summer Game Festival Delayed By One Week [Updated]

Instead of June 9, Steam's Summer Game Festival will now kick off on June 16.

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The Steam Summer Game Festival, which was originally scheduled to take place between June 9-14, has been pushed back by one week. The event will now start on Tuesday, June 16. [Update: The Steam Summer Game Festival is now live and features tons of demos and livestreams.]

Valve has not explained why SSGF has been delayed, which now wraps up on June 22. Several other events that were planned for this week, including the first look at PlayStation 5 games, have been postponed following the unlawful death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Many of the companies behind these events made the decision in support of Black Lives Matter and various other organizations fighting to end racial discrimination in America.

The Steam Summer Game Festival will show off games being released within the next year, with demos or playable shorts designed to help Steam users discover new titles. Additionally, the event will feature talks from developers and more.

A swath of game developers and distributors, from EA and Devolver Digital to Humble Bundle and itch.io, have begun making donations to BLM and other causes. GameSpot's own Play For All event is also joining in by raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts and Black Lives Matter.

In other Steam news, the digital distributor's annual Summer Sale will reportedly run from June 25 to July 9. Valve has not officially commented on the alleged dates yet.

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