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Twitch Hosting Summer Game Fest Events Including ‘Console Announcements’, More

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Twitch is rolling out an alternative for the popular events, such as E3, that have been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic by getting involved with the Summer Game Fest with exclusive livestreams, including a new channel, reserved exclusively for the event, according to Polygon’s Michael McWhertor.

Twitch has partnered with Riot Games, CD Projekt Red, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, 2K, and the International Game Developers Association on a number of special events.

Twitch is also planning “console announcements”, and with Sony and Microsoft planning to reveal their game lineups for the upcoming Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X this summer, those presentations will likely be streamed live on Twitch streams, in addition to other platforms.

Twitch posted a new blog post and unveiled the following plans for the Summer Game Fest:

“TWITCH RIVALS: VALORANT LAUNCH SHOWDOWN

After a record breaking closed beta, Riot Game’s 5v5 character-based tactical shooter VALORANT is launching on June 2. To celebrate, Twitch Rivals is collaborating with Riot to execute the first set of competitive events for VALORANT on its grand opening weekend. These events will span the globe, with participation from some of your favorite creators in North America, Brazil, LATAM, Europe, Korea, and Japan.

IGDA INDIE SHOWCASE

We’ll be hosting a Twitch-exclusive Indie Showcase with some of the top titles launching this year. Join us live (date TBD!) for your chance to see some of the best content from indie studios before anyone else. We’ll have developer AMAs so you can talk directly to the game creators, plus deep dives into each game. We’ve also got the Twitch-exclusive e-Jam developer contest lined up forJune 26-28. Indie studios and developers are partnering with students to help them create small games in just 48 hours. The finals will be hosted live on Twitch and you might just discover your next favorite game.

TWITCH SUMMER GAME FEST AWARDS

We’ll wrap up the Summer with a Twitch exclusive, community driven award show, recapping the best of the summer as voted on by YOU. Stay tuned for more details!”

 

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W Series Esports League Partners with Getty Images

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Getty Images, the global visual media brand, has officially announced their partnership with the all-female simulation racing competition known as W Series Esports League, which will see Getty Images serve as the official photographer of the league.

“Ever since Getty Images was founded 25 years ago, our specialist operations team and industry-leading photographic talent have been at the forefront of creating innovative sports photography” Ken Mainardis, Global Head of Content at Getty Images said in an official press release. “This partnership furthers the W Series aim in elevating female esports to a global audience and demonstrates how Getty Images leads the way in delivering cutting-edge content to our customers around the world.”

“But although the W Series Esports League provides great on-screen entertainment for fans and poses a stern sporting test for our drivers, there is a bigger purpose to it also: we hope that women and girls who perhaps have not engaged with esports or in particular sim racing, either as viewers or players, will be inspired by the exploits of our 20 female racers to embrace it in greater numbers than they have hitherto” Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series added.”

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Simplicity Esports Acquires PL Gaming Texas LLC

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Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has officially announced that it has acquired all assets of PL Gaming Texas LLC, which has been referred to as “one of the most successful franchisee-owned esports gaming centres in its nationwide footprint.”

“Our franchisee has done an excellent job building, staffing, and growing this location” Roman Franklin, President of Simplicity Esports said in an official statement. “The gaming center consists of over 30 gaming stations, gaming related merchandise and accessories for sale, and a quality staff that will remain in place after the acquisition to continue serving the center’s thousands of existing customers.”

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Twitch Prime July 2020 Lineup

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July is here and that means a new lineup of free games for Twitch Prime members, which comes with any Amazon Prime subscription, so you should be expecting some free PC games each and every month you’re a member.

As of July 1st, you can claim Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Dear Esther, Grip: Combat Racing, Kunai, and Dark Devotion. As always, be on the lookout for Twitch channels streaming the free games available this month (just in case you want to preview).

Here is a more complete breakdown of this month’s offerings:

Free Twitch Prime games for July

Available until July 31st unless otherwise stated

  • Turok 2: Bad Seed
  • Dark Devotion
  • Kunai
  • Grip: Combat Racing
  • Dear Esther
  • Melbits World
  • Dream Daddy – ends today
  • PictoQuest – ends July 10
  • Mad Tracks – ends July 17
  • Reus – ends July 24

Free SNK Games

Available through December 31st, 2020

  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Blazing Star
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Pulstar
  • Samurai Shodown II.
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2002

Free in-game Loot

  • Available now – Mafia City
  • Available now – Words with Friends 2
  • July 7 – Black Desert Mobile
  • July 7 – The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross
  • July 9 – Yahtzee with Buddies
  • July 13 – Apex Legends
  • July 13 – Big Farm
  • July 14 – RuneScape
  • July 29 – Legends of Runeterra
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