The Best Online events for PC Gamers in 2021
Due to the pandemic, the huge gaming and tech events meant to take place last year were cancelled or postponed. Now as we head into 2021 with no end to the restrictions many large organisations have already prepared to host their yearly events online. Announcements have already been made for many of these online events and here is the Top 5 to add to your watch list.
1. CES 2021
The consumer electronics show is one of the largest trade shows in the world and it normally takes place in Las Vegas. There are no casinos, grand hotels or bright light this year as CES 2021 is entirely virtual. The event starts on Monday the 11th of Jan and continues until Thursday the 14th. Make sure to keep an eye out for plenty of new product releases and announcements stretched over the four days.
Unlike the other events on this list, it’s only open to Media and industry professionals. As a consequence, the general public can’t watch and read all the content but there will be streams from several of the big manufactures taking part that are relevant to the PC gaming community.
CES Streams to watch:
Intel’s online computing news conference is due to start at 9 PM UK time on Monday the 11th of January. You’ll be able to watch the stream on the Intel newsroom website. We’ll have to wait until the event to see what Intel is going to discuss. Hopefully, it will include the new RocketLake processors which were announced back in October.
AMD is hosting a keynote at 4 PM in the UK on the 12th of January. CEO Lisa Su will take to the virtual stage to “outline the company’s innovative vision for the future of research, education, work, entertainment and gaming”. Hopefully, we’ll get a glimpse at more affordable Radeon graphics and Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. You can sign up for a notification and watch the stream on the AMD website.
Nvidia will be streaming a special broadcast event on Tuesday the 12th of January at 5 PM UK time. You can watch it on the official Nvidia website. Nvidia stated the event will feature the latest innovations in gaming and graphics. There’s plenty of rumours that suggest we can expect from RTX graphics products. If you love gaming PC hardware it’s well worth tuning in.
2. E3 2021
E3 is normally a huge event with game announcements, hardware releases, and a giant expo for gamers to explore. The 2020 event was cancelled back in March last year due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, a virtual replacement was never organised.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) organises the event and announced that E3 2021 will take place on 15th-17th June 2021. The ESA also told gamers to expect a “reimagined” E3 in 2021. A rep was quoted saying: “We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences”.
There’s no information just yet on what this means for the event. It could even be at risk of never running again with the loss of one of the main presenters Geoff Keighley, Sony dropping out of the 2020 event and developers creating their own replacement shows. E3 has always been a hugely exciting event for gamers and It will be interesting to see what direction the show takes in 2021. We’re hopeful that more news will be announced soon.
3. Computex Taipei 2021
Computex 2020 was another event affected by the pandemic. It was originally rescheduled for September 2020 before being cancelled completely. Computex is normally a huge event in the tech calendar that takes place at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
Manufacturers, Media and retailers travel from everywhere to what is one of the largest computer and technology trade shows in the world. TAITRA who organise the event is planning to hold the exhibition in-person from June the 1st until June 4th 2021.
Taipei has been largely unaffected by the pandemic but TAITRA did acknowledge that there could be travel restrictions in place for many countries. For those unable to join the main event Computex 2021 will provide an “Online-Merge-Offline” platform which means there should be plenty of streams, photos and news to access during the event. One of Computex’s main focuses for 2021 is Gaming so hopefully, we can look forward to some innovative new launches and Gaming PC hardware.
4. Gamescom 2021
Gamescom 2020 took place online last year and was incredibly successful with over 10 million people tuning in to watch the various streams and announcements during the four-day event.
Normally the Messe building in Cologne welcomes people from over a hundred different countries. The online Gamescom Now event saw almost twice the number of nations able to tune in virtually. Due to the success of Gamescom Now the organisers have promised to change the expo into an “innovative hybrid event with a robust virtual programme”.
Gamescom 2021 will take place from the 25th to the 29th of August as usual. However, those unable to attend will be able to enjoy all the world premieres, news, games and events from the show online. Gamescom seems to be more accessible than ever. This means even if travel restrictions are in place there should be plenty to watch and read from the comfort of our own homes. Opening Night live was one of last years highlights and I’m sure many gamers look forward to its return.
Blizzards large annual event celebrates some of the World’s most popular games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo and Overwatch. The event normally takes place in the Autumn and it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, Blizzconline is a new event taking place on February 19th until February 20th, 2021.
Blizzard said they are aiming to keep the spirit of Blizzcon alive with opportunities for cosplay crafters, artists, and other community creators to participate in the show. Unlike previous online content from Blizzcon, where tickets cost $40 for access to panels and esports events, Blizzconline will be completely free. This is great news for Gamers that might not normally be able to attend the event or watch it online. There’s not much information just yet on what else to expect. Hopefully we’ll likely learn more about upcoming games such as Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.
Other Online Gaming events we might see in 2021
Due to big events like E3 being cancelled last year many game developers and hardware manufacturers suddenly lost the large platform that conventions normally provide. This made it harder to launch new games and make announcements. This meant during 2020 we saw many new online-only events such as Summer Game fest, Ubisoft Forward and IGNs summer of gaming. We’ll have to wait and see if these events return in 2021 but there have been no official announcements just yet. It’s very likely if Coronvirus still poses a threat meaning large gatherings cannot go ahead.