E3 2020 schedule guide: All alternative E3 conference dates, times, and streams announced so far

E3 is happening in all but name - here's everything we know so far.

As you might expect, E3 won't be happening as usual this year. First its physical event was cancelled, then all online plans were scrapped, leaving it up to publishers (and the likes of Geoff Keighley) to make their own plans.

Though we can expect multiple standalone announcements throughout the summer instead of the usual week-long rush, early June - around when E3 2020 was set to take place anyway - remains a focus for most publishers and streaming partners to show off their games.

Ultimately, E3 is still happening in all but name - though, for the sake of simplicity, it's still the label many people (including ourselves) are still attaching to any summer conferences taking its place this year.

This page presents you with a complete E3 2020 conference schedule we know of so far, running in chronological order, and will be updated as more events are announced.

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If you've followed our E3 guides from previous years, as well as date and time details, we provide some background reading so you know what to expect ahead of time - but as always, there's bound to be a few surprise announcements along the way.

As for E3 stream links, we'll be populating the page with links as each press conference just as each one goes live.

'E3 2020' conference schedule at a glance

We're already seen a few announcements (such as the first PS5 gameplay on Unreal Engine 5 and the first Xbox Series X game reveals) while others are conspicuously absent. Since there are next-gen consoles releasing this year, expect detailed plans from first party publishers in the coming weeks.

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Until then, here's when every alternative E3 2020 conference is scheduled to go live at a glance.

Note: Due to the violence, oppression and injustice suffered by Black communities around the world, many events have been postponed until mid to late-June to allow those voices to be heard. You can make donations to many relevant organisations if you are able to lend your support.

E3 2020 scheduleConference Date (UK)UK time (BST)EU time (CEST)East Coast US time (EDT)West Coast US time (PDT)
PS5 Future of Gaming showcase TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC
IGN Summer of Gaming Debut Monday, June 8 TBC TBC TBC TBC
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands stream Tuesday, June 9 17:00 18:00 12:00 09:00
Destiny 2 stream Tuesday, June 9 17:00 18:00 12:00 09:00
EA Play 2020 Thursday, June 11 00:00 (Friday) 01:00 (Friday) 17:00 18:00
Guerrilla Collective Saturday, June 13-15 18:00 19:00 13:00 10:00
Paradox Insider Saturday, June 13 19:30 20:30 14:30 11:30
PC Gaming Show 2020 Saturday, June 13 20:00 21:00 15:00 12:00
Future Games Show Saturday, June 13 22:30 23:30 17:30 14:30
Upload VR Showcase Tuesday, June 16 17:00 18:00 12:00 09:00
New Game + Expo (NGXP) 2020 Tuesday, June 23 17:00 18:00 12:00 09:00
Marvel's Avengers stream Wednesday, June 24 TBC TBC TBC TBC
Cyberpunk 2077 stream Thursday, June 25 TBC TBC TBC TBC
Tennocon 2020 Saturday, July 11 TBC TBC TBC TBC
Ubisoft E3 2020 Sunday, July 12 20:00 21:00 15:00 12:00

Here's every show confirmed so far, one-by-one:

PS5 Future of Gaming showcase - TBC

Update (June 1st): The PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming showcase has been postponed until further notice. In a statement, Sony said "we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard".

Original report: Kicking off the line-up is a Sony showcase titled the 'Future of Gaming'. This is focused specifically on PS5 games, offering "a first look at [what] you'll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday" following the PS5 specs and DualSense reveals we've seen so far.

The showcase will run for around an hour, and if at the end you were hoping for more, don't expect this to be the last look before release, with Sony teasing this as "part of our series of PS5 updates" in the coming months.

IGN Summer of Gaming Debut - Monday, June 8

Update (June 3rd): The Summer of Gaming event has been postponed from June 4 to June 8 "out of respect for and in support of those rightfully demanding justice and change across the United States and the world".

Original report: Less of a one off stream and more a series of events, IGN is hosting the Summer of Gaming throughout June, showing off new trailers, gameplay, charity streams and reveals. The big one to catch is when the whole thing debuts on June 5th, with three game reveals from The Outsiders, Merge Games and one other unnamed studio, as well as some exclusive gameplay for readily known titles - including next-gen's Observer remaster. The images below shows the broad schedule for the month-long event, allowing you to pick and choose what you fancy seeing.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands stream times - Tuesday, June 9th

  • UK: 5pm (BST)
  • Europe: 6pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 10pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 9am (PDT)

The first of several game specific streams over June, Blizzard will be dedicated this to the next World of Warcraft expansion. Join executive producer John Hight and game director Ion Hazzikostas as they "share more about the upcoming Shadowlands expansion with a look at some of the newest content in development." As vague as you can get, though with a planned release of 2020, it's possible we'll get a launch date as part of the show.

Destiny 2 stream times - Tuesday, June 9th

  • UK: 5pm (BST)
  • Europe: 6pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 10pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 9am (PDT)

Described as "the future of Destiny 2", expect this to showcase the next end of year expansion coming from Bungie, with leaks pointing to Jupiter's icy moon Europa as the destination. This is also likely where we'll hear more about the next season for the game - which is due in the next week or two.

EA Play 2020 conference times - Thursday, June 11

  • UK: 12am (BST, Friday)
  • Europe: 1am (CEST, Friday)
  • East Coast US: 7pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 4pm (PDT)

EA hasn't officially attended E3 for several years now, but always opts for a stream to showcase its wares, and this year is no different. "World premieres" and "news" is all that's been confirmed so far, but you can expect the usual EA Sports blow-by-blow at the very least, and perhaps something on Apex Legends, the Command and Conquer remaster and Medal of Honor VR. Before Covid-19, EA planned to release 14 games during this fiscal year, and though plans might have understandably changed, it does suggest a few announcements are due.

Guerrilla Collective 'E3 2020' conference times - Saturday, June 13 to June 15

Update (June 5th): Guerrilla Collective has been postponed from June 6-8 to June 13-15, and is preparing a livestream on Sunday, June 7 "to highlight Black voices in our industry":

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 10am (PDT)

First up in a busy day of conferences (on a Saturday, no less!) is three day event Guerrilla Collective. Not to be confused with the Sony first-party studio of a similar name, this is a three-day indie showcase from a number of acclaimed developers, including the likes of 11 Bit Studios (Frostpunk), Coffee Stain Studios (Satisfactory), Larian Studios (Baldur's Gate 3), Raw Fury, Rebellion, Versus Evil (The Banner Saga) and many more.

Specifics beyond that aren't mentioned, but expect updates on existing games and some new reveals as part of the show. There are additional streams to catch on the Sunday and Monday, too, both starting at the above times.

Paradox Insider 'E3 2020' conference times - Saturday, June 13

Update (June 5th): Paradox Insider has been postponed from June 6 to June 13 as "there are more important voices to hear right now, and we'd prefer to keep the focus on them".

  • UK: 7:30pm (BST)
  • Europe: 8:30pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 2:30pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 11:30am (PDT)

Paradox has a few big releases coming up - Crusader Kings 3 (which has been given a September release date), Empire of Sin and Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 among them - so expect new looks at these, as well as some possible release dates. Though there's the possibility of some additional surprises, with a 30 minute runtime, set your expectations accordingly.

PC Gaming Show 'E3 2020' conference times - Saturday, June 13

Update (June 4th): PC Gaming Show has been postponed from June 6 to June 13 "to make space for those speaking out and demonstrating about how to end the systemic oppression and police brutality experienced by black people".

  • UK: 8pm (BST)
  • Europe: 9pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 3pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 12pm (PDT)

The PC Gaming Show has now become a regular fixture in the E3 line-up, and has established itself as one to watch with its mix of in-depth previews and solid announcements. Confirmed participants for this year's show are still incoming, but last year saw the likes of Zombie Army 4: Dead War and Evil Genius 2: World Domination being revealed, as well as news of Shenmue 3's Epic Games Store exclusivity.

Future Games Show 'E3 2020' conference times - Saturday, June 13

Update (June 4th): The Future Games Show has been postponed from June 6 to June 13 "in support of the protests demanding justice and change over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police".

  • UK: 10:30pm (BST)
  • Europe: 11:30pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 5:50pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 2:30pm (PDT)

Newcomer Future Games Show follows on from the PC Gaming Show with a much broader remit, teased to feature "exclusive trailers, announcements, and deep dives on existing AAA and indie games, focusing on current (and next-gen) consoles, mobile and streaming platforms". Participants have also yet to be revealed, but since it's produced by Future Publishing (who also run the PC Gaming Show) it should be an event worth staying up for.

Upload VR Showcase conference times - Tuesday, June 16

Update (June 5th): The Upload VR Showcase has been postponed from June 8 to June 13 as "this is a historic moment of significance for many countries around the world and it is clear to us that other voices need to be heard at this time.".

  • UK: 5pm (BST)
  • Europe: 6pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 10pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 9am (PDT)

For those specifically after some VR reveals, the Upload VR Showcase is worth keeping tabs on. Last year's event ran for over an hour and featured a handful of big names - from Budget Cuts on PSVR to Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, Boneworks and Pistol Whip - with the latter specifically mentioned as a game which will receive some news at the show, alongside "over 20 games and experiences".

New Game+ Expo (NGXP) conference times - Tuesday, June 23

  • UK: 5pm (BST)
  • Europe: 6pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 10pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 9am (PDT)

This newcomer to the conference line-up features a list of fan-favourite teams from Japan and America, including SEGA, SNK, Atlus, Spike Chunsoft, GungHo, Inti Creates, NIS America, Wayforward and many others. It's a lengthy event - starting at 5pm BST and running until midnight local time (that's seven hours) - so one perhaps to keep on in the background throughout the evening.

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Marvel's Avengers stream - Wednesday, June 24

  • Timings TBA

Another game specific showcase, this 'War Table' event from Square Enix is dedicated to showcasing Marvel's Avengers. With the September release date already set, there'll be a focus on "new gameplay and co-op" details. Stream times and the duration of the stream have, for the time being, yet to be announced.

Cyberpunk 2077 stream - Thursday, June 25

In lieu of a fully fledged E3 conference from Microsoft or Sony, CD Projekt is showcasing Cyberpunk 2077 in a dedicated stream in late-June. It was originally scheduled for mid-June, but was postponed as "more important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard".

What can we expect? Cyberpunk 2077 hasn't had a substantial preview since August last year, so this could be the best look at the game ahead of its September release. And, with the news of the game getting a Xbox Series X upgrade for free for Xbox One purchases, perhaps we'll see what the next-gen version looks like.

Tennocon 2020 conference - Saturday, July 11

  • Timings TBA

Perhaps one specifically for players of Warframe, the keynote from this year's (now online only) Tennocon 2020 will provide community highlights and an update on the future of the game, though with the recent quiet confirmation Warframe be a Xbox Series X and PS5 game as part of an earnings call, the possibility of next-gen versions could fit into these plans, too.

Ubisoft 'E3 2020' conference times - Sunday, July 12

  • UK: 8pm (BST)
  • Europe: 9pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 3pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 12pm (PDT)

Another weekend conference rolls in at the slightly earlier time for 2020, making it a little more sociable for UK audiences. Ubisoft has plenty on its plate - expect an extensive look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine and at least one major announcement, going by a recent earning's call.

As always, we hope to see more Beyond Good and Evil 2, but whatever happens, Ubisoft always has the capacity to surprise - and genuinely entertain.

What about Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo's 'E3 2020' plans?

If you've followed E3 conferences from the past, you'll notice the big three publishers - Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo - are missing from this line-up.

Microsoft is swapping its traditional E3 blowout for a monthly series of streams throughout 2020, dripfeeding new info for the Xbox Series X. Though yet to be fully dated, July's is the one to watch, which is where we'll see a showcase from Xbox's first-party studios, which will include headliner Halo: Infinite.

Despite Sony skipping E3 last year, Sony is offering a PS5 games showcase in the first week of June, which it describes as the first in a "series of PS5 updates" throughout the year.

Nintendo, meanwhile, is suggested to push their usual June conference back to later in the year, where it will flesh out its currently sparse 2020 line-up.

Regardless of when the stream happens (and knowing Nintendo, it could be called at short notice) we have a strong idea of what's coming with a focus on old and new Mario games planned, including remasters of some classic 3D adventures from consoles past.

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