Monday, 28 Sep 2020

EA Play Live 2020: EA Announces Date And Time Of Its Big Summer Gaming Show

Gaming giant Electronic Arts has announced more details about its upcoming summer games showcase. EA Play Live 2020 will be held on Thursday, June 11, and it’ll be completely digital.

The show will stream on EA.com and other sources, including here at GameSpot, with the event kicking off at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. You can check out the logo for EA Play Live 2020 below.

EA Play Live is an extension of EA’s previous EA Play events that were held surrounding the E3 gaming show in recent years. With E3 2020 canceled completely due to the COVID-19 crisis, EA is shifting its plans as well and launching this digital show.

EA has not provided a schedule of events so far, but that information should come in due course. EA’s previous EA Play events stretched out for multiple days, with fans and the press alike invited to a gathering to play upcoming games, watch presentations and tournaments, and hear directly from developers.

EA’s list of confirmed titles for 2020 include the usual slate of sports games, including FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, and NHL 21. As for what might be announced at the event, EA is believed to be launching a new sports game soon, while there are also rumors of a “smaller, more unusual” Star Wars game coming from EA Motive. A new Battlefield game is also in development for release in 2021.

E3 2020 was originally scheduled to take place from June 9-11, but the ESA–the organization behind the annual expo–announced that this year’s show would be canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Other gaming events, such GDC 2020 and SXSW, have similarly been canceled or postponed over coronavirus concerns.

Even if E3 2020 had gone on as planned, the show would have been missing many of its biggest players. PlayStation had announced it would skip the event for the second year in a row, and iam8bit stepped away from its position as E3 2020’s creative director. Geoff Keighley, host of E3 Coliseum, also announced he would not participate in the event for the first time in 25 years. A handful of companies, such as Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Limited Run Games, have already announced their plans to explore digital alternatives to E3.

GameSpot will also be holding its own summer event this year called Play For All, a multi-week charity event that will feature gaming news, previews, interviews, and also raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. You can learn more about GameSpot Play For All here.

EA Play Live 2020

  • When: Thursday, June 11, beginning at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET
  • How to watch: The event will be streamed on EA.com and through a variety of sources, including here at GameSpot

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