Summer Game Fest 2021 announces its kickoff date and partners

Plus Weezer

Plans for this year’s Summer Game Fest are starting to come together, and they include a pretty sizeable number of companies. Today, organizer Geoff Keighley announced the kickoff date, participating partners, and more for the 2021 festivities.

The action will kick off on June 10 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT with a live show hosted by Geoff Keighley. On Twitter, Keighley estimated that the show will run “around 2 hours” with over 12 premieres—”[probably] more than that.”

Rock band Weezer will also play a “co-stream safe” performance of a brand-new video game soundtrack song during the kickoff live show. As for participating partners, the Summer Game Fest site lists the following:

  • 2K
  • Activision
  • Amazon Games
  • Annapurna Interactive
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Devolver Digital
  • Dotemu
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Finji
  • Frontier
  • Gearbox Publishing
  • Hi-Rez Studios
  • Innersloth
  • Koch Media
  • Mediatonic
  • miHoYo
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Psyonix
  • Raw Fury
  • Riot Games
  • Saber Interactive
  • Sega
  • Sony
  • Prime Gaming
  • Square Enix
  • Steam
  • Tencent Games
  • Tribeca Festival 2021
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Games
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • Xbox

Keighley confirms that “most but not all” partners will have content in the kickoff show, though some will save major news for their own events. The kickoff show’s timing also puts it right before E3 2021. Folks, it looks like the summer of games is starting up again.

Eric Van Allen