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Xbox is hosting another indie showcase on Twitch: Here’s when to tune in

Back in March, Xbox and Twitch teamed up to host an indie gaming showcase. The showcase was packed with trailers of upcoming games and even some announcements of new ones, and it was apparently a good enough first showing for the pair to warrant a second go. As a result, Xbox and Twitch announced today that they’ll be hosting another indie showcase next week, and they’ve confirmed some of the games that are on tap for the show.

The next /twitchgaming Showcase, as it’s officially called, will be happening next Tuesday, August 10th, at 9 AM PDT/12 PM EDT. As with the last showcase, this one will be broadcast exclusively on Twitch, though you have two different channels to watch it on: the twitchgaming channel or the Xbox channel.

Obviously, Xbox and Twitch aren’t going to reveal the entire lineup for the showcase before it premieres, but today the companies did say there will be some “brand new game announcements” from studios like Rebellion and Chump Squad. Some of the previous-revealed games we’ll see during the show include The Artful Escape, OlliOlli World, Library of Ruina, and RPG Time.

Xbox has also confirmed that there will be news about Xbox Game Pass, so expect some of the games that are announced during the showcase to be destined for Microsoft’s subscription service. We’re also told to expect live demos, so it sounds like we’ll get to see some games in action as well.

So, there you have it: Xbox and Twitch will host another showcase packed with indie games. We’ll let you know about the major announcements to come out of the show, so be sure to check back with us on Tuesday for all you need to know.

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‘The Sims 4’ is hosting a (partly Simlish) music festival

Starting on June 29th, EA will host a inside of the Sims 4 that will feature pop star Bebe Rexha, one part of indie band Glass Animals and singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun. Sims Sessions will allow Sims 4 players to explore a virtual festival ground, buy virtual merchandise and of course listen to some good tunes.

Virtual concerts in video games aren’t anything new. We’ve seen Epic Games put on shows featuring and in Fortnite. has also performed inside of Roblox. But what makes Sims Sessions different is that some of the performers will sing their songs in Simlish, the nonsense language Sims creator invented back in 1996.

Now before you scoff at the thought of listening to a song in Simlish, know that is a thing EA has been doing for a while. Since 2004, the company notes it’s worked with nearly 500 artists, including the likes of and , to record their songs in the fictional language. Simlish is so popular they’ll be an accompanying karaoke event on TikTok where fans will be able to show off their knowledge of the language. To take part in the festival, all you need is a copy of the Sims 4, and you’ll have until July 7th to take it in and sing along in Simlish.

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Netflix and CD Projekt Red are hosting a ‘The Witcher’ convention on July 9th

The Witcher fans, you may want to turn down any and all invitations to hang out on July 9th. Yes, it’s a Friday, but it’s also when Netflix and CD Projekt Red are holding a virtual The Witcher convention with events that tackle both the games and live action series. The developer says it won’t be announcing a new game during WitcherCon, but you can expect standard convention fare. There will be deep dives into the making of (as well as behind-the-scenes footage for) not just the show and the games, but also the anime film and franchise merch. 

The convention will also feature interactive panels that put a spotlight on people who brought the games and the show to life. Plus, there will be expert explorations of The Witcher lore. WitcherCon will stream on Netflix and CD Projekt Red’s YouTube and Twitch channels. The event will be available for streaming at 1PM ET on July 9th, but there will be a second streaming airing at 9PM with content unique to it. 

In addition to announcing WitcherCon, Netflix has also released a trailer for The Witcher’s second season. While it’s only a few seconds long, it teases Ciri’s story in season 2, which (unfortunately) doesn’t have a premiere date yet.

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