The Summer’s Big Indie Game Event Gets Shut Down, The Completionist Saves The Day

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Following yesterday’s Summer Game Fest launch, indie game collection The MIX is set to host an in-person event in downtown Los Angeles. Indie developers from around the world showed up to show off more than 40 new games to media and fans during the event, but just moments before the show opened its doors, the city’s fire marshal shut the whole thing down.


At 5:17pm on Thursday, just 43 minutes before the event was scheduled to start, The MIX sent a cryptic email to attendees saying the event had been cancelled, with no other information. Half an hour later, MIX’s Twitter account explained that this event had to be canceled due to “circumstances beyond our control”. Developers at the event who were already ready for presentations and now had to pack up and leave, claimed that the venue, unbeknownst to The MIX, did not have the proper permits, causing it to stop. It would have been a disastrous situation for the studios present, many of which run teams as small as a single developer, if not for the quick thinking of streamer and video game preservation expert Jirard Completionist.

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Jirard, who recently made headlines for buying every 3DS and Wii U game before the eShop shut down, was scheduled to host a live stream of the event that will showcase several of the games there on Twitch for those who couldn’t make it attend in person. After the event was wrapped up, Jirard quickly arranged to get as many developers as possible back into his office and turn the event into an impromptu all-night live demo.

Three hours later, around 9:30 p.m., Jirard went live. Over the next six hours, Jirard interviewed developers and demonstrated gameplay for 22 different games, including Crashlands 2, Animal Well, Gunbrella, and Blackout Protocol. The stream continued until 3 a.m., and while not all developers who came to the MIX event were able to showcase their games, Jirard promised that developers whose games weren’t showcased would have a chance to participate in a future stream.

The stream, which can be viewed at any time on The Completionist Twitch page, will be of particular interest to those who missed the all-day live stream we had during E3. Before the pandemic, the big E3 press conferences were followed by five days of live streams hosted by Jirard. Hundreds of developers would get the chance to show off their games on major Twitch channels like Nintendo Treehouse Live, the official E3 channel, and various major outlets like IGN and Giant Bomb. It’s a key ingredient of summer gaming that was lost when E3 ended, and although he didn’t intend to, TheCompletionist managed to bring it back in a small way.

MIX was already envisioned as an indie answer to the big, corporate-funded Summer Games Fest, but the way Girard managed to turn a bad situation into a celebration of indie games is a special moment to celebrate. It goes to show how important the gaming community is, and is a helpful reminder to acknowledge the people and passion behind the games we love. In a weekend full of major publisher press conferences and high-profile reveals, Completionist’s impromptu indie showcase might be the most important event of all.

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