The Game Awards’ Game Festival Debuts Free Limited-Time Demos

The Game Awards' Game Festival Debuts Free Limited-Time Demos

For the past few years, The Game Awards has shown its dedication to the gaming industry at large, the event celebrating noteworthy professionals as well as the games themselves. While proceedings have largely done so through a traditional awards ceremony alongside exclusive reveals, this year’s edition of the annual affair is now also playing host to a new event called The Game Festival, debuting a slate of playable demos leading up the widely-publicized show.

Revealed in a post from event creator and host Geoff Keighley, The Game Festival is described as the latest addition to The Game Awards, giving players access to over twelve hands-on gameplay demos made available for the very first time. Going live over PC storefront Steam, unreleased games like the System Shock remake as well as the feather-filled shredder SkateBIRD will playable for a limited time, with access lasting for a full 48 hours from December 12th (10 a.m. PT) to December 14th (10 a.m. PT).

“Six years ago I bet everything I had to create The Game Awards as a way to celebrate our passion for gaming,” Keighley explained via Medium. “Now feels like the right time to take the next step with The Game Festival, a completely digital approach to the consumer event space. Let’s face it: Not everyone can attend a physical trade show or consumer event. The Game Festival is designed from the ground-up as an event without barriers, extending the benefits of a physical event to the global gaming community that watches The Game Awards.”

A number of notable games have already been confirmed for the limited free demo showcase, all of which can be viewed in the list below:

Giving gamers the chance to play an anticipated collection of games is sure to be a welcome idea for fans, also granting developers a chance to showcase their development efforts in a widely-accessible fashion. In a follow-up post, Keighley teased the bright future ahead for The Game Festival, suggesting the “digital consumer event” could expand in a big way for next year’s Game Awards, with its sights set on utilizing user feedback and reaching “across all platforms and regions.”

What do you think? Are you excited about these limited-time freebies being introduced for The Game Festival, or are you just wondering what will be revealed at The Game Awards? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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