QuakeCon was first held in 1996 and is therefore one of the most venerable gaming celebrations around. Nowadays, obviously, it’s funded by Zenimax, and so the slight countercultural vibration it had in the ’90s has already passed: but hey, it still has games. The pandemic forced QuakeCon 2020 to go online, and without risking it, QuakeCon 2021 has been announced as a digital-only event, to be held from August 19-21.
The main attraction of the event is the live streams that will include "updates on existing and upcoming games," which surely means another Deathloop trailer, as well as tournaments and giveaways. Apparently, there are puppies too.
One aspect of QuakeCon from the earliest days has been the concept of “bringing your own computer” (BYOC), meaning that attendees bring their platforms and organize big LAN parties. QuakeCon 2021 is doing a “virtual” BYOC that, well, okay, I guess? It’s always been such an important part of QuakeCon that you understand why, but it’s pretty cheeky.
The event begins on Thursday, August 19 at 2:00 pm ET, and through various currents and events money will be raised for charitable causes, including Asian Americans Advancing in Justice (AAJC), the Fund for advocacy and legal education of the NAACP, The Trevor Project and UNICEF. In addition, there are Eternal Doom and Deathloop t-shirts that will allow you to see the money going to animal welfare charities. Look, I might play games to tear things up in the most greedy way possible, but all they really want is to pet the dog.
QuakeCon will take place from August 19 to 21. The full calendar of the event has not yet been published, although it has an official Discord.