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I’ve been really enjoying the seasonal Steam Game Festivals. It was lovely to be able to spend a few days discovering all this stuff through digital events in a world where I can’t go to fun events and play demos and chat with devs. If you feel the same, you might be happy to learn that the next Steam Game Festival is going to take place between 16 June and 22 June. This one will only have brand new demos, from the sounds of things, that have not been shown at previous festivals.

Every few months, Steam Game Festivals are approximately week-long events held by Valve, offering tons of demos for people to try out, as well as live streams and developer panels to watch.

Developers can only enter a demo for this year’s summer event, according to the info on Steam marketing documents, if the game has not already been featured at the Game Festivals in winter 2021 or autumn 2020. This could mean that there are a few fewer games to try, as each festival tends to have some of the same demonstrations as previous events. It also implies, however, that we’ll probably see some new bits, which will be nice.

The other criterion for entering a demo is that after the Festival, but before January 2022, the game has to be launched. In that time frame, I’m sure there are tons of gems coming out – any of which you have an eye on, reader?1

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Earlier this month, the last Game Fest took place and had over 500 (!) demos available. Alice Bee wrote about some of the best, including things such as Little Nightmares 2 and Potioncraft, both of which now still have free demos (which I highly recommend taking a peek at, Little Nightmares 2 is an RPS bestest best, after all).

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