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  • Dueling video game events – E3 and Summer Games Fest — streaming over next few days.
  • Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Bethesda to preview new releases, trailers.
  • 2020 video game revenue surged, but industry watchers divided on post-COVID-19 trend.

Video games provided a diversion during the coronavirus pandemic. With life opening up, do games retain the same commitment of time and money or could their importance wane?

Some answers could come over the next few days during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The annual video game industry event, which was cancelled last year, will be a four-day online event beginning Saturday. Fans can sign up and see the schedule at E3Expo.com.

Also due to provide new game releases and other news is the competing Summer Game Fest, set to begin streaming Thursday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on YouTube, Twitch and other sites (see SummerGameFest.com for more). 

Major game makers such as Microsoft (Xbox), Nintendo, Sony (PlayStation), Activision, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive and Ubisoft are involved across the two online events.

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What’s revealed over the next few days could stoke enthusiasm for the rest of 2021 and into next year, says David Cole, founder and CEO of research firm DFC Intelligence. “COVID put a huge monkey wrench in development schedules,” he said. “Companies have been very silent with the uncertainty.”

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