Industry News: Summer Game Fest Launches, Comic-Con Goes Virtual, Boston Extends Ban on Large Events, and More

NATIONAL: The gaming industry has teamed up to launch Summer Game Fest, a season-long virtual event. The event is being organized by the Game Awards' Geoff Keighley, and features demos, live gameplay, publisher announcements, and more. It kicked off May 7 and runs through August. 

BOSTON: Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a ban on large gatherings through September 7, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

LAS VEGAS: The 17th Casino Marketing & Technology Conference has been pushed to November 9-12 at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The event had previously been slated for July 14-16 at Caesars Palace. 

NASHVILLE: Nashville's Convention Center Authority has appointed Seema Prasad as a new board member.

NEW YORK: On May 18, the 92nd Street Y will host a virtual event featuring readings by Salman Rushdie, Billy Collins, and Nicole Krauss, plus a performance by The Knights orchestra, a performance from Dorrance Dance Company, and more.

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SAN DIEGO: After canceling its 130,000-attendee event originally slated for July, Comic-Con International has announced a "Comic-Con at Home" virtual event. Further details have not yet been released.

With contributions from Ashton Pike in Atlanta, Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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