EZX Digital is the four-year anniversary celebration of Easy Allies.
The EZX event was originally planned as a four-hour community group stream for Sunday, March 22nd at the Hilton Anaheim where the Allies could play games together with members of the community. However, the live event had to be canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
EZX subsequently transformed into EZX Digital, a 6-day online event with daily 8+ hour streams from March 22nd to March 27th.
EZX (Community Group Stream)
Unlike previous anniversary celebrations, the Allies wanted to be more closely involved with the community rather than strictly performing like the Easy Allies in Concert and live Mysterious Monsters shows. The anniversary celebration evolved into a four-hour community group stream where attendees could drop their names into a raffle to play games with the Allies in one of four designated time slots. This was planned in conjunction with an informal Disneyland meetup on Saturday, March 21st and a local park meet-up on Monday, March 23rd.
After intense deliberation and feedback from the community in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to cancel EZX.
EZX Digital (Studio)
Once the EZX live meetup was canceled, EZX Digital was planned as a 6-day studio event with daily 8+ hour streams. But with the increasing concerns of COVID-19, the leaders of Los Angeles issued an emergency "Safer at Home" order limiting non-essential activities. This caused a change in plans for EZX Digital to accommodate at home streaming.
The original plan included all nine Allies playing together on Sunday and Tuesday that also featured a Games Done Quick-style Super Mario Maker 2 relay with community level submissions. The EZX Challenge Bucket was to be featured throughout the week with 5-minute challenges submitted by the community.
Below is the original studio schedule for EZX Digital.
Sunday March 22nd - All Allies
- 12 PM - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Online with the community
- 2 PM - Nidhogg 2
- 3 PM - Street Fighter V
- 4 PM - Super Mario Maker 2 Relays
- 6 PM - The Best of Jackbox
Monday March 23rd
- 12 PM - Silent Hill 2 Enhanced Edition Full Playthrough - Damiani, Ian, Huber
- 8 PM - Wave Race 64 - Don, Ian
Tuesday March 24th - All Allies
- 12 PM - Animal Crossing Island Hop - Checking out each other’s towns
- 2 PM - Stream Team - Mega Man Legends
- 5 PM - Onimusha: Blade Warriors
- 7 PM - Wheel of Fortune
Wednesday March 25th
- 12 PM - Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Kyle, Huber, Damiani, Brad
- 4 PM - Shenmue 3 - Kyle, Huber, Damiani, Brad
- 7 PM - Deadly Premonition - Ian and Don
Thursday March 26th
- 12 PM - Animal Crossing Island Hop - Community Tour - Brandon, Kyle, Blood, Ben
- 2 PM - Weekly Hunts - Ian and Ben
- 5 PM - Dreams Lovers - Brandon and Kyle
- 7 PM - Doom 64 - Ben and Blood
- 8 PM - Easy Allies Podcast Live
Friday March 27th
- 12 PM - Doom Eternal - Ben, Brad, Huber
- 3 PM - Nioh 2 - Ben, Brad, Huber
- 6 PM - Animal Crossing - Brandon
- 7 PM - Frame Trap Live
- Late Night - Kyle
EZX Digital (At Home)
After the "Safer at Home" order was issued for Los Angeles, the schedule and plans had to be adjusted so they could virtually get together from their individual homes. This included new software, workflows, and adapting to the varying home internet connections of each Ally.
Below is the final amended schedule.
Sunday - 9 Hours, 9 Allies
- 12 PM - Kyle - Real Heroes: Firefighter
- 1 PM - Damiani - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Online with the community
- 2 PM - Ben - Doom Eternal - Nightmare difficulty
- 3 PM - Ian - Final Fantasy IX - PC version with mods
- 4 PM - Bloodworth - Mega Man Legends 2
- 5 PM - Huber and Brad - Darksiders Genesis
- 7 PM - Brandon - Dreams
- 8 PM - Don Versus Wave Race
- 12 PM - Silent Hill 2 Enhanced Edition - Full Playthrough - Ian, Damiani, Huber
- 12 PM - Animal Crossing Island Hop - Jones Visits Our Towns
- 3 PM - Stream Team - Bioshock - Kyle
- 6 PM - Casual Talk Show - Kyle, Ian, Ben, Jessica
- 8 PM - Offline Break
- 10 PM - Don Versus Wave Race - Bonus Stream
- 12 PM - Vermintide 2 - Ben, Brad, Huber, Ian
- 3 PM - Weird Old Ports - Bloodworth
- 6 PM - Offline Break
- 9 PM - Ian and Don Hit the Stream - Super Mario Maker 2
- 12 PM - Animal Crossing Island Hop - Brandon Visits the Community
- 2 PM - Weekly Hunts - Ben, Brad, Huber, Ian
- 5 PM - Dreams Lovers
- 7 PM - Offline Break
- 8 PM - Easy Allies Podcast Live - Kyle, Bloodworth, Jones
- 10 PM - MLB The Show 20 - Huber Bonus Stream
- 1 PM - Resident Evil Resistance Beta - Ben, Brad, Huber, Jones, Damiani
- Canceled due to technical difficulties
- 1 PM - Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Damiani
- 3 PM - Offline Break
- 4 PM - Frame Trap Live - Ben, Huber, Jones
- Special Guest - IGN Editorial Producer Mitchell Saltzman
- 6 PM - Offline Break
- 9 PM - Robot Alchemic Drive - Kyle