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Ready For My Close-Up: PC Gaming Gets A Spotlight At E3

And lo’ the clouds parted and E3’s suited powers-that-be waved their bejeweled hand and now there’s going to be an entirely new conference of sorts dedicated to PC Gaming. Oh Sweet Mariah Carey, such things have been a long time coming. As a long-time attendee of E3, I can tell you first hand that that’s the place you go when you’re basically just looking for an in-the-trenches view of the most macho of console arms races. Amid such tense and enthusiastic pissing contests, PC gaming has often found itself ignored.

But hardware folks AMD and cheery RPS fanzine PC Gamer have announced they’re hosting a new PC gaming pageant extravaganza during E3 week this year, the PC Gaming Show.

The event takes place on June 16th in downtown Los Angeles, where things will kick off in the Belasco Theater at 5 p.m. PT. If, like me, you prefer to attend conferences in your pants, with your dog, the entire event will be streamed via Twitch. According to its official website, speakers will include Cliff Bleszinski and Dean Hall, as well as developers such as Blizzard, Square Enix, Devolver Digital and Bohemia Interactive. But you can also expect a few game reveals.

“PC gaming is in a golden age, with more powerful and affordable hardware than ever before, thousands of games available through Steam, Origin and other platforms, and millions of viewers regularly watching eSports online,” the announcement reads. “Now, for the first time, the PC platform will have its own event during E3, where the community will be able to celebrate this era with some of the biggest names in PC gaming and see the innovations that lie ahead.”

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