Featuring world premieres, live gameplay demos and announcements, the high-profile event was billed as the “global fan celebration of what’s next in video games”.
But one thing that was conspicuously absent during the near two-hour event, which took place in front of a live audience at the YouTube Theater in California and was live streamed to millions of viewers, was the presence of any women on stage.
In an interview with CBC, event producer and host Keighley said Melanie Liburd, the actor who plays Alan Wake 2’s co-lead protagonist Saga Anderson, was due to take part in the show but ultimately couldn’t because of scheduling conflicts.
“I think generally we do a pretty good job with diversity in our shows. That was something that’s a fair flag,” he said. “We also want to be authentic to the games that are being presented on the show and the developers that are making them. So yeah, I think we’re conscious of it.”
Summer Game Fest’s opening showcase included several new game announcements including Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and Sonic Superstars.
Summer Game Fest is returning in 2024 and will once again include a live showcase to kick off proceedings.