Summer Game Fest 2022: Announcements, highlights and trailers from the show

Some children grow up writing letters to Santa. At 12, Geoff Keighley was writing letters to game developers from his home in Toronto.

Keighley’s parents worked in the film industry and were both members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the Oscars, Keighley saw that film directors and producers were not only celebrated, but also had their stories told. It was surprising, then, that video game developers — who created intricate interactive worlds — remained mostly anonymous.

“It’s always driven me,” Keighley said. “How do we recognize these people?” In 2014, Keighley created the Game Awards, which the New York Times has called the “Oscars of gaming.”

After a rift with the ESA, the industry group that organizes and hosts the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 — the closest analog to this week’s event — Keighley went solo, producing the Summer Game Fest. Since then, E3 has had a patchy record, canceling some events outright and going digital-only for others, and Keighley’s Summer Game Fest has eagerly filled the void.

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