One of the things you'll see at the E3 gaming convention in June is that many game demos provided for attendees to evaluate are typically running on a PC. In fact, at E3 2014, most of the games seemed to be running on Alienware gaming desktops, but offer Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers. Sure, support for PC games is mentioned in most game pitches, but you can't help but feel that the consoles take center stage at the event.
That's about to change. PC Gamer magazine and AMD have banded together to provide a special event focused solely on PC gaming. Dubbed as the PC Gaming Show, the event will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles and hosted by Sean 'Day' Plott. Scheduled individuals and companies expected to attend include Blizzard Entertainment, Cloud Imperium Games and Cliff Bleszinski of Boss Key Productions.
So why, after all these years, is PC gaming finally getting its own spotlight? Many in the industry believe that this is the golden age of PC gaming. However, some may disagree, saying that the golden age was back in the 1990s. Regardless, the PC gaming industry is seeing a huge boom again thanks to several factors, including free-to-play, crowd sourcing, and cheaper, more powerful hardware.
"This is an incredible time for PC gaming, with more powerful and affordable hardware than ever before, thousands of games available through Steam, Origin and other platforms, and millions of viewers regularly watching esports events," according to the press release. "The PC Gaming Show is a call to the PC community to come together to celebrate this era, and the innovations that lie ahead."
The PC Gaming Show will begin at 5pm and will be streamed live thanks to Twitch until 8pm. Even Humble Bundle will be in attendance along with Square Enix, Obsidian Entertainment, Paradox Interactive and more. Sponsors include Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire Interactive and Digital Storm.
Given that the show is currently taking reservations from the press, this event is presumably not open to the public. The show will follow press events held by Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts that will be held on the day before, Monday, June 15.