When the GDC organization announced that they will postpone the event to later this summer, this also meant that we had to evaluate our plans for the European Game Showcase. We learned that the majority of the developers who are part of the European Game Showcase at GDC have cancelled their trip. Only a handful of them will be in San Francisco to showcase their game.
Following official announcements, social media, and hearing back from our network has taught us that a considerable amount of press, publishers, platform holders and investors have also cancelled their travel plans, or are thinking of cancelling.
Considering the above, we feel that we can’t guarantee the quality or critical mass – for both developers and attendees – that we strive for. Therefore we had to make the difficult decision to cancel EGS 2020.
We are very sorry that we can’t make the European Game Showcase 2020 happen, but we hope you understand that this is completely out of our hands.
Stay tuned for the showcase lineup announcement soon!
Selecting the games for the European Game Showcase is living the dream and struggling at the same time: we enjoy checking out videogames as work, but the selection process is tough. Choosing the most promising games is as challenging as some levels in the games we’re reviewing. We need to balance style, genres, regions of submission to put together the best showcase.
Across more than 100 submitted games, we’re noticing a curious trend of “games as experiences”: most of the projects present carefully crafted game worlds that take the whole thing to another level by creating additional attachment between the player and the game.
The submissions ranged from quirky simulators – which put us in someone else’s shoes – puzzle games with unique mechanics, action games and shooters that provide speed and thrill, to adventures that bring us to all kinds of imaginary places: from dark, eerie and mysterious, to comic-style, dynamic gangster ones, and even folklore-inspired.
Creative takes on various favorite genres are surely on the list… and, thanks to non-trivial settings and appealing storylines, these games make for an exciting line-up.
Which games made the cut? You’ll know very soon when the showcase participants are announced this week. 🙂