The big PC gaming events in 2024

A crowd outside of BlizzCon 2023 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
A crowd outside BlizzCon 2023. (Image credit: Blizzard)

E3 is gone—may it rest in peace—but although the games industry no longer crams itself into the LA Convention Center every June, we're not at all short on events. The year ahead is packed with showcases, esports tournaments, conventions, and fan gatherings, some new, some that have been going for decades.

Dates haven't been announced for all of 2024's events—we'll update this article with specifics and new events as they're announced.

January

CES | January 9-12 | Las Vegas

The biggest trade show for consumer tech. We'll be there covering all the PC gaming peripherals, chips, and gadgets on display—follow our coverage here.

Awesome Games Done Quick | January 14-21 | Pittsburgh

Annual speedrunning charity marathon. Check the streaming schedule here.

Taipei Game Show 2024 | January 25-28 | Taipei

20-year-old trade show and exhibition in Taiwan. We'll be looking out for new details on upcoming games—the show included a big Elden Ring video feature in 2022, for instance.

IEM Katowice (CS2 tournament) | Jan 31-Feb 11 | Katowice

The first of two ESL Pro Tour Championship finals this year. See the full schedule of 2024 IEM Counter-Strike 2 events here.

February

Six Invitational | February 13-25 | São Paolo

The biggest Rainbow Six: Siege event of the year will be hosted in Brazil for the first time.

D.I.C.E. Summit 2024 | February 13-15 | Las Vegas 

A major industry networking event (not to be confused with Swedish developer DICE, maker of the Battlefield games). Includes the D.I.C.E Awards

March

SXSW 2024 | March 8-16 | Austin 

The famous South-by-Southwest arts festival is primarily focused on music, film, TV, and comedy, but includes some interactive arts and entertainment talks. 

Steam Spring Sale | March 14-21 | Steam

The first big Steam seasonal sale of the year is usually a good opportunity to pick up some of last year's best games at a small or sometimes substantial discount. Baldur's Gate 3 was discounted for the first time in Steam's 2023 Winter Sale, so it's a good bet it'll get another discount here. See all the known upcoming Steam sale dates here. 

PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024 | March 17-31 | Copenhagen

The first of two Counter-Strike 2 PGL Majors this year will take place in Denmark.

GDC 2024 | March 18-22 | San Francisco

The Game Developers Conference is one of our favorite events of the year at PC Gamer: an opportunity for us to share what game developers are talking about with each other, and to chat with them in-person about their work and the business. See, for example, our roundtable discussion with five veteran RPG designers from last year's GDC.

PAX East | March 21-24 | Boston 

The east coast edition of the long-running gaming fan convention, with panels, expo booths, a big tabletop gaming space, and a PC LAN area. 

April

DreamHack Australia | April 26-28 | Australia 

The Australian stop on the yearly, worldwide tour of DreamHack events, which feature esports, a cosplay competition, and LAN gaming. Last year's was in Melbourne, but a specific venue for this year hasn't been announced. 

May

DreamHack Dallas | May 31-June 2 | Dallas 

The Texas stop on the DreamHack tour will be "bigger than ever" according to the organizers of the annual esports, cosplay, and LAN event.

June

Tribeca Festival | June 5-6 | New York 

Film festival that has expanded to include interactive art.

DreamHack Summer | June 14-16 | Jönköping

DreamHack's mid-year event takes place in Jönköping, Sweden.

Summer Game Fest | June 7-10| Los Angeles

Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest has so far comprised a big livestreamed showcase and a physical event for press—smaller than E3, but something—and is also used as an umbrella term to refer to the many livestreamed showcases that are still scattered throughout June.

Here's this year's summer gaming showcase schedule:

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Confirmed showcases for summer 2024
ShowcaseDatePDT (Los Angeles)BST (London)
State of PlayMay 30, 20243 pm PDT11 pm BST
OTK Games ExpoJune 4, 202412 pm PDT8 pm BST
Guerrilla CollectiveJune 6, 202410 am PDT6 pm BST
Access-Ability ShowcaseJune 7, 20248 am PDT4 pm BST
Summer Game FestJune 7, 20242 pm PDT10 pm BST
Day of the DevsJune 7, 2024Following Summer Game FestFollowing Summer Game Fest
Devolver DirectJune 7, 20245 pm PDT1 am BST
Wholesome DirectJune 8, 20249 am PDT5 pm BST
Future Games ShowJune 8, 202412 pm PDT8 pm BST
Xbox Games ShowcaseJune 9, 202410 am PDT6 pm BST
PC Gaming ShowJune 9, 20241 pm PDT9 pm BST
Ubisoft ForwardJune 10, 202412 pm PDT8 pm BST
Nintendo DirectJune, 2024Time TBATime TBA

Gamescom Latam 2024 | June 26-30 | São Paolo

A new Latin American Gamescom offshoot that has merged with the BIG Festival, an important independent games-focused event we attended in 2022

Steam Summer Sale | June 27-July 11 | Steam 

The second of Steam's seasonal sales is usually one of the biggest. See all the known upcoming Steam sale dates here

TwitchCon Europe | June 29-30 | Rotterdam Ahoy

The first of two Twitch shindigs this year takes place in Rotterdam. The second is in San Diego in September.

July

TennoCon 2024 | July 19-20 | London, Ontario 

The yearly Warframe fan convention put on by developer Digital Extremes.

BitSummit Drift 2024 | July 19-21 | Kyoto

A Japanese independent games festival that started in 2012.

Comic-Con | July 25-28 | San Diego

An enormous fan event covering comic books, films, and games. Reliably a source for movie news, and sometimes for tidbits about upcoming superhero games.

SIGGRAPH 2024 | July 28-August 1 | Denver

Computer graphics and simulation developers get together to share their techniques, work, and research. Lots of cool tech demos to watch.

August

Gen Con | August 1-4 | Indianapolis

A huge tabletop gaming gathering that was founded by Gary Gygax himself.

QuakeCon | August 8-11 | Grapevine, Texas

Last year's id Software-centric fan event brought back the in-person LAN party in Grapevine, Texas, and it's returning again this year. During last year's QuakeCon, id Software announced and released the Quake 2 remaster.

IEM Cologne 2024 (CS2 tournament) | August 16-18 | Cologne 

Finals of the year's second ESL Pro Tour Championship.

Gamescom 2024 | August 21-25 | Cologne

For a few years running, Europe's huge gaming trade show has kicked off with a Geoff Keigley-hosted livestream called Opening Night Live. Expect at least a couple major announcements during that showcase, and we typically attend the physical event for hands-on demos and developer interviews.

PAX West | August 30-September 2 | Seattle

Long-running fan convention featuring a big expo hall, panels, performers, and PC and tabletop gaming areas.

Valorant Champions 2024 | August 1-25 | Seoul 

The conclusion of the 2024 Valorant Champions Tour. We now know that it'll be taking place in Seoul, with the group stage starting on August 1 and then brackets beginning on August 14.

September

The International (Dota 2 tournament) | September 13-15 | Copenhagen

Valve has dropped the details for the years big Dota 2 finals, with teams headed to The International in Copenhagen's Royal Arena. Group stages start on September 4, with The International proper running from September 13-15.

TwitchCon North America | September 20-22 | San Diego

Twitch's second event of the year takes place at the San Diego Convention Center.

Tokyo Game Show 2024 | September 26-29 | Chiba, Japan 

One of the year's major industry events, TGS will include news and showcases from Japanese game studios, as well as publishers and developers from around the world.

October

DreamHack Atlanta | October 4-6 | Atlanta 

The second-to-last DreamHack expo of the year will take place in Georgia.

PAX Aus | October 11-13 | Melbourne

PAX's Australia event is returning in 2024—and yet again in Melbourne in mid-October.

New York Comic-Con | October 17-20 | New York

The New York version of Comic-Con. Like the San Diego event, expect a few bits of news on comic-based and comic-adjacent games.

Gamescom Asia 2024 | October 17-20 | Singapore

An offshoot of the German expo that will take place at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore.

November

BlizzCon 2024 | Not happening this year

Blizzard's big annual fan event normally happens around this time, but it's skipping this year.

League of Legends World Final | November 2 | London

The conclusion to this year's LoL esports season.

Blast Premier World Final (CS2 tournament) | November 13-17 | Abu Dhabi 

Conclusion to a year-long Counter-Strike 2 tournament series.

DreamHack Stockholm | November 22-24 | Stockholm 

The final DreamHack event of the year. 

December

Perfect World Shanghai Major 2024 (CS2 tournament) | December 1-15 | Shanghai

The year's second Counter-Strike Major will take place in China. 

The Game Awards | December 12 | Los Angeles

Geoff Keighley's annual awards show is about big reveals as much as it is awards. Last year we got our first look at Hello Games' next big project, a teaser for Kojima's horror collab with Jordan Peele, and dozens of other trailers—we compiled them all here

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.