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The Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition is live, with free demos for more than 40 games

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Update: the Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition is now live, with more than 40 demos originally planned for GDC's Indie Megabooth, Day of the Devs, and more. We'll be taking a bunch of them for a spin and will have some thoughts to share about our favorites soon—in the meantime, you can jump in yourself on Steam.

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Original story:

The cancellation of GDC was a big blow for indie game developers, who rely on events like the Indie Megabooth and Day of the Devs to showcase their new stuff. To help counter that loss, Geoff Keighley and Steam are putting together the Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition, which will put a spotlight on new and upcoming games that missed out on their big chance to shine.

The first-ever Game Festival on Steam took place in December 2019 in conjunction with The Game Awards, and gave users time-limited "first-looking game demos" for more than a dozen games. The Spring Edition will be a significantly larger affair, with more than 40 games featured.

It will be longer, too: Demos from the first festival were good for only 48 hours, but the Steam Game Festival Spring Edition kicks off at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on March 18, and will run until the same time on March 23. Look for it when it goes live at store.steampowered.com.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.