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Quakecon 2021 is virtual but still wants you to 'bring your own PC'

Quakecon 2021 logo.
(Image credit: Bethesda)

QuakeCon was first held in 1996 and is thus one of the most venerable gaming celebrations around. These days it's obviously bankrolled by Zenimax and thus the slight counter-culture vibe it had in the '90s is long-gone: but hey, it's still got games. The pandemic forced QuakeCon 2020 to move online and, taking no chances, QuakeCon 2021 has now been announced as a digital-only event, to be held over August 19-21.

The event's main attraction is livestreams which will feature "updates on existing and upcoming games", which almost certainly means another Deathloop trailer, as well as tournaments and giveaways. Apparently there are puppies too.

An aspect of QuakeCon from the earliest days has been the concept of 'bring your own computer' (BYOC), which is to say that attendees bringing their rigs and setting up massive LAN parties. QuakeCon 2021 is doing a 'virtual' BYOC which, well, OK I guess? It's always been such a big part of QuakeCon that you understand why, but it's pretty daft.

The event begins Thursday, August 19 at 2:00pm ET, and throughout the various streams and events will be raising money for charitable causes including Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Trevor Project, and UNICEF. In addition, there's Doom Eternal and Deathloop t-shirts which will see money go to animal welfare charities. See, id may make games about ripping things apart in the goriest manner possible, but all they really want to do is pet the dog.

QuakeCon will run August 19 to 21. The event's full schedule is yet to be released, though it does have an official Discord.

Rich Stanton

Rich was raised by a Spectrum 48K in the Scottish wilderness, and this early exposure to survival mechanics made him a rooter-out of the finest news truffles, and suspicious of all the soft, civilised Amiga people. These days he mostly plays Counter-Strike and Rocket League, and is good at one of them. He's also the author of a Brief History of Video Games.