Valve’s impending Steam Game Festival, originally scheduled to begin June 9, has been delayed by one week. The “Summer Edition” of the Steam event will now run June 16-22, Valve said in a news release.
The summer version of the Steam Game Festival was supposed to take place during what would have been the week of E3. Valve promises time-limited demos or “short playable experiences” from upcoming games, and a chance to connect with participating developers of those games, during the event.
Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition was the third such event coming to Steam. The inaugural event coincided with Geoff Keighley’s annual The Game Awards show, and ran for 48 hours. A spring edition of the event ran in March, during what would have been the annual Game Developers Conference, which was canceled due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.
Valve didn’t specify why it was delaying the event, but it’s likely because of the ongoing anger, unrest, and protests over the killing of George Floyd, the man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25. Since Floyd’s death, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of cities large and small, and to destinations online, to denounce violent policing tactics and to shine a light on the racism and systemic inequality that disadvantages and cuts short black lives in the United States. Game companies, including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Activision, Epic Games, and Electronic Arts, have subsequently delayed product announcements and seasonal game updates as attention is rightfully focused elsewhere.