British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 2nd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards
March – Game Over republished as “Game Over: Press Start to Continue”
March 15–19 — Game Developers Conference (formerly Computer Game Developers Conference); moves to San Jose, California where it stays for six consecutive years; hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival
March 15 — Gama Network hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) at GDC
May 13–15 — 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the 2nd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3
May 13 — Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (at E3); inducts Sid Meier of Firaxis to the AIAS Hall of Fame
July 3 — Gamer Billy Mitchell scores a perfect 3,333,360 points on the Pac-Man arcade game
Team Fortress 2 is announced for release during the year, but gets delayed until 2007.
July 21 during the Macworld Conference & Expo, Steve Jobs announced that Halo: Combat Evolved would be released for Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. Before this public announcement, game industry journalists under a non-disclosure agreement had previewed the game in a private showing during E3 1999.