Summer Games Fest – Overwatch, MW 2, Riot Games and Esports

While we didn’t get a traditional E3 this year, Summer Games Fest has become a good replacement for the show. During the Show Games Fest, all major developers and publishers held conferences to announce their plans for the coming year.

While major AAA titles were drawing a lot of attention, there was a lot of esports news this weekend. Here are all the major Summer Games Fest announcements from the world of esports.

Xbox Riot

Screengrab of Xbox + Riot Showcase

Summer game show

Riot Games coming to Game Pass

An unexpected announcement at Summer Games Fest was that Riot Games is bringing their roster of popular esports titles to Game Pass. That’s besides most of the paid content in these titles too. Here are the titles that will be added to the streaming service:

  • League of Legends
  • appreciate
  • Teamfight Tactics
  • League of Legends Wild Rift
  • Legends of Runeterra

New unlocked agents, battle passes, and playable champions are all bundled with these versions of games. Essentially, players get everything the game has to offer, despite the normal higher price to unlock everything. This definitely makes Game Pass a great deal for these games, including all the playable characters and other bonuses in these games will give Gamespass newcomers a big boost to start a game.

The caveat is that all of these unlocks will disappear from your accounts if you stop subscribing. Only the content you unlock manually will be preserved.

Overwatch 2 at Summer Games Fest

One of the biggest news drops at the Summer Games Fest was Overwatch 2. Compared to the previous trailers, we may have gotten our biggest information dump in the short trailer this weekend.

There are new heroes, maps, changes and finally a release date. Overwatch 2 will enter wide early access on October 4. This early access is for both console and PC. The game will also be free to play away from the model they used for Overwatch 1.

The trailer revealed a lot about Junker Queen, a new tank coming to the game. There were also glimpses of new looks for some Heroes. More details on Overwatch 2 coming on June 16e with an Overwatch 2 reveal event.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 News at Summer Games Fest

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 reveal has expanded and even more was revealed at Summer Games Fest 2022. This game could mean big changes for the CoD esports scene. However, the unveiling this time was largely campaign missions.

Street Fighter 6

As soon as the Street Fighter 6 reveal is complete, we’ll have new character details for the game.

The Summer Games Show announcement showed Guile:

Street Fighter 6 is getting more and more of its roster and moves revealed. The game seems to be a nice change from the series when it launches. Another major difference announced is that characters get specific taunts in each match. The taunts are said to be ‘targeted’, which will help make player-character interactions more unique.

In terms of gameplay and flow, we have yet to test and see how the game feels.

Fortnite FNCS Invitational Dragged To Summer Games Fest

Part of Epic’s presentation at the Summer Games Show was the reveal of a Fortnite Invitational event taking place this winter. The event was previously announced, but we got a full reveal trailer this time around. The tournament will be the personal invite of the year and will find the best Fortnite players from across the FNCS played in 2022.

storm gate

Stormgate rounds out the esports-specific announcements with a game that seems to have a lot of potential. Blizzard’s RTS games have had a major impact on esports in the past. Stormgate is a spiritual successor to many of those titles, most notably Starcraft. Former Blizzard developers have reunited to create this RTS strategy game. While many players wonder if Starcraft is dead, a spiritual successor might just bring something new to the expired players.

Those are all the major announcements for esports games at the Summer Games fest, but many more titles had been announced and revealed. The event focused on non-competitive games, but we’ve seen a lot of news about these big titles. From the biggest epsort titles all coming out on Game Pass to the Overwatch sequel that’s free to play, it looks like competitive games will be more accessible than ever.