QuakeCon – like everything else in 2020 – has become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditionally, QuakeCon is an annual convention that celebrates id Software, Bethesda and Zenimax releases like Quake, Fallout and Elder Scrolls Online.
Taking place in Dallas, Texas, fans are treated to new game announcements, can participate in huge gameplay tournaments, and are able to go hands-on with new releases on the show floor.
Unfortunately, however, with the current restrictions on travel and mass gatherings, this year’s event has been forced to go virtual.
Organisers will broadcast a variety of online panels and discussions, featuring games like DOOM Eternal, Fallout 76 and Dishonored.
For UK fans, it all kicks off at 5pm BST, when Bethesda bigwig Pete Hines gives fans a digital welcome on the Bethesda Twitch channel. (Express Online will embed the Twitch stream once it goes live, so you can watch the entire thing right here.)
The weekend also features the Grand Finals of the Quake World Championships, which take place at 10pm BST on Sunday, August 9.
You can check out the entire schedule below – although please note that listings are in Eastern Time, so add five hours if watching in the UK. Express Online has also picked out some highlights further down the page.
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In addition to online panels, discussions and gameplay streams, Bethesda is celebrating QuakeCon 2020 with lots of free giveaways.
Quake, for example, is available completely free of charge for the duration of this weekend’s event.
“Throughout the weekend of QuakeCon, players can login to Bethesda.net and obtain a free digital copy of the original Quake on the Bethesda launcher,” the company explains. “You must be logged into your Bethesda.net account to claim the free game.”
Bethesda will also give away copies of Quake 2 if charity donations top $10,000. You can donate directly from the QuakeCon Twitch page.
Elsewhere, Elder Scrolls Online players will receive an in-game pet by watching any of the ESO streams over the course of the weekend.
The company is also giving away the Doom Eternal QuakeCon Slayer Skin, as well as a Quake Champions Railgun Skin, and a Fallout 76 Sheepsquatch Outfit. Check out the official website for more information on how to claim the free items.
Friday, August 7 QuakeCon schedule highlights…
• QuakeCon Digital Welcome with Pete Hines: 5pm BST
• Representation in Video Games panel discussion: 10pm BST
• Prey Tell, an interview with Actress Janina Gavankar and Lead Producer Susan Kath: 11pm BST
Saturday, August 8 QuakeCon schedule highlights…
• DOOM Eternal Panel with Hugo Martin & Marty Stratton: 12:30am BST
• CHAD: A Fallout 76 Story Podcast – QuakeCon at Home Edition: 8pm BST
• Dishonored Tabletop RPG featuring Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith: 11pm BST
Sunday, August 9 QuakeCon schedule highlights…
• ESO Stream with Top UFC Middleweight Rob Whittaker: 4am BST
• Fallout 76: Global Community Team Free Play: 1pm BST
• Dishonored Tabletop Continued!: 6pm BST
• Quake World Championship – Grand Finals: 10pm BST
Monday, August 10 QuakeCon schedule highlights…
• Watch Poiised get scared half to death playing The Evil Within: 2am BST
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