E3 2021 is almost here. Just like in 2020, there's no physical convention this year, which means a free-for-all of press conferences and livestreams taking place throughout June and July. But the big names like Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Microsoft (as well as our own PC gaming show) are mostly concentrating in an "official" E3 period this year, starting June 12.
Here's a schedule of every event happening this year for E3 2021.
When is E3 2021?
All summer! Well, okay, not really: E3 has some "official" dates again, with livestreams running from June 12 – June 15, 2021. But just like last year, publishers have decided to host their own events whenever they see fit. The first big E3 stream this year is Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live on June 10th, and it's going to be a busy few days after that.
Here's every summer gaming event announced so far.
The easiest place to watch
How do I just watch every E3 event on one stream?
If you're confused by the difference between "official" E3 events and other gaming livestreams happening this June, you're definitely not alone. It's confusing for us, too. But all that really matters is knowing where you can stream everything without missing out on any of the events.
From June 12 – June 15, you'll be able to watch every gaming stream on the official E3 streams:
E3's livestream will include hosting big events like Ubisoft's and Microsoft's as well as in-betweener interviews with game developers.
Leave E3 running for four days straight and you shouldn't miss a moment—except for the first few events listed below, which start before E3 proper.
E3 2021: All the major events at a glance
|E3 Gaming event||Date (PDT)||Start time (PDT)||Start time (BST)||Start time (AEST)|
|Summer Game Fest||Thurs, June 10||11 am||7 pm||4 am (June 11)|
|IGN||Fri, June 11||1 pm||9 pm||6 am (June 12)|
|Guerilla Collective||Sat, June 12||8 am||4 pm||1 am (June 13)|
|Ubisoft||Sat, June 12||12 pm||8 pm||5 am (June 13)|
|Devolver||Sat, June 12||1:30 pm||9:30 pm||6:30 am (June 13)|
|Gearbox||Sat, June 12||2 pm||10 pm||7 am (June 13)|
|Xbox + Bethesda||Sun, June 13||10 am||6 pm||3 am (June 14)|
|Square Enix||Sun, June 13||12:15 pm||8:15 pm||5:15 am (June 14)|
|Back 4 Blood||Sun, June 13||2 pm||10 pm||7 am (June 14)|
|PC Gaming Show||Sun, June 13||2:30 pm||10:30 pm||7:30 am (June 14)|
|Future Games Show||Sun, June 13||4 pm||12:00 am (June 14)||9 am (June 14)|
|Take-Two||Mon, June 14||10:15 am||6:15 pm||3:15 am (June 15)|
|Capcom||Mon, June 14||2:30 pm||10:30 pm||7:30 am (June 15)|
|Razer||Mon, June 14||3 pm||11 pm||8 am (June 15)|
|Nintendo||Tues, June 15||9 am||5 pm||2 am (June 16)|
|Bandai Namco||Tues, June 15||2:25 pm||10:25 pm||7:25 am (June 16)|
E3 schedule: Wednesday June 9
EA Play Live isn't until July, but EA decided not to wait to show off what's coming next with Battlefield. A reveal event for the new game lands on Wednesday, before E3 even gets going full steam.
E3 schedule: Thursday June 10
Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live
Geoff Keighley hosts the start of his Summer Game Fest just before the official E3 events. He promises "more than a dozen world premieres and announcements." Also, Weezer's gonna be there.
E3 schedule: Friday June 11
Netflix Geeked Week
Netflix is highlighting "geeky" shows all week, but Friday's event, hosted by Geoff Keighley, is devoted to shows based on games. Expect The Witcher Season 2 to get a new trailer, and for the Resident Evil CG series to appear as well.
Koch Media (the big company behind publisher Deep Silver and games like Metro and Saint's Row) is holding its own streaming event as part of Summer Game Fest.
Like last year, IGN is running its own event this year in addition to covering the rest of the summer's gaming reveals. The IGN Expo promises game reveals and exclusive announcements as well as some kind of partnership with Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest, so expect some debuts from Thursday night to reappear at this show.
E3 Schedule: Saturday June 12
The Guerilla Collective
Indie games galore! As part of its event, The Guerrilla Collective will also hosting streams for Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct.
Expect to see more Far Cry 6 at Ubisoft's show this year. What else is likely? Rabbids, lots of Just Dancing, and maybe a new Assassin's Creed.
Expect to see Phantom Abyss, which is asynchronous multiplayer Indiana Jones, and definitely not Hotline Miami 3, which does not exist.
The Borderlands studio is bound to talk Borderlands, whether its new events or DLC for Borderlands 3 or possibly a trailer for the Borderlands movie. We may also see announcements for any new games Gearbox is publishing.
Upload VR Showcase
Upload VR is running a stream of game reveals and new trailers for all things virtual reality, including PC headsets like the Vive, Oculus games, and PlayStation VR.
E3 Schedule: Sunday June 13
Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase
This should be a big show this year, with Microsoft bringing series like Halo and Forza to E3 along with Bethesda's debut of Starfield. Will we see more of Obsidian's Avowed and get a Psychonauts 2 release date? Entirely possible!
Square Enix Presents
So far, Square Enix says it will be debuting a new game from Eidos-Montréal. They'll also be talking about Marvel's Avengers, Babylon's Fall, and Life Is Strange: True Colors.
Warner Bros Games Back 4 Blood
According to the ESA, Warner Bros games will be featured on Sunday, meaning possibly some Gotham Knights talk. Back 4 Blood is specifically mentioned as well, which WB is publishing.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show returns! Expect lots of games for the Sony PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch… just kidding. It's going to be full of cool new PC games, of course.
Future Games Show
Our sister show from GamesRadar+ will back us up with more game reveals. Read all about it here.
E3 Schedule: Monday June 14
T2 can always be expected to talk about their upcoming sports games. Rockstar is their other huge name, who will likely be talking about future Red Dead Redemption 2 Online and GTA Online updates. We can always hope for official mention of GTA 6.
Indie game publisher Freedom Games has several upcoming games they might talk about. They've definitely mentioned unveiling a release date for their strategy RPG Dark Deity.
We can probably expect to hear about any of Capcom's upcoming and ongoing Monster Hunter games during their show, and perhaps talk of Resident Evil Village DLC.
Razer will be revealing some new products during their keynote event on Monday and hosting "RazerStore Live" afterwards with a closer look.
E3 Schedule: Tuesday June 15
Nintendo Direct + Treehouse Live
This year's Nintendo Direct promises "roughly 40 minutes of info focused exclusively on Nintendo Switch software, mostly releasing in 2021." The Treehouse Live follows with three more hours of gameplay.
Will we see Elden Ring? It could happen. More likely we'll get an additional look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus.
More summer gaming events
Most of the summer gaming events are concentrated from June 10 – June 13, but that's not all of them. Here's what else is coming throughout the summer:
July 6 – Nacon Connect
Nacon is hosting its own showcase again this year. SO far, the publisher has confirmed it will be talking about Blood Bowl 3, Steelrising, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, and a few other upcoming games.
July 22 – EA Play Live
Maybe we'll hear something new about hit dodgeball game Knockout City—but we're really hoping for more on the next Dragon Age and whatever Star Wars games EA has cooking.
- The Guerrilla Collective is streaming on Saturday, June 5th and Saturday, June 12th and also hosting Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct on those days.
- Indie Live Expo will showcase more than 300 indie games from around the world in a five-hour show taking place on June 5.
- Geoff Keighley won't be involved with E3, but is bringing back his Summer Game Fest starting on June 10th.
- GDC 2021 will run the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards from July 19 – July 23.