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The ESA has confirmed that “E3 will not be held in person in 2022”

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has still not ended. For 2 years now, it has impacted many video gaming events, including the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. E3 2020 was cancelled, and E3 2021 ended up being a digital-only event. As for E3 2022, there hasn’t been any updates at all. However, as of today, that has now changed.

The ESA has issued a statement, saying that “due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022. We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon”. As for a digital-only event, they told VentureBeat that they are “excited about the possibilities of an online event”, but they did not say that one is happening.

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15 comments

    1. Omicron is COVID-19. It’s the latest strain, and so far the most transmissible. We could have been past all this if people just took it seriously when this first began, but noooooooo, masks are an affront to freedom everywhere.

      1. When the US government flip flops on the things you need to do to prevent yourself from getting covid or help mitigate it. Then you turn around and see them doing the complete opposite. Also listen to them on talk on different news programs. You begin to question this whole covid-19 stuff. Yes there are people that don’t take it seriously but most people do but don’t like what the government is trying to do to solve it or use it for.

  1. It’s a shame, but it doesn’t really mean much to most of us since most just experience it all online anyway.

  2. That’s a terrible decision… I hope E3 as we know it never comes back, at least not with the ESA. Companies need to realize that there is no need to pay them anything when they can send it out over YouTube for free.

  3. Nintendo has been Doing a digital event for years. This is nothing new to them. Health and safety for all is a good call.

    F=ma.

  4. E3 was a lot of fun when the industry was smaller and tech/enthusiast driven. These days it’s an ostentatious embarrassment, second only to TGA in its ruthlessly dogmatic profit-driven consumerist pandering. We all know what to expect at this point. Somehow I doubt E3 in its current incarnation will be missed

    1. Yeah, TGA are really terrible. Why do we trust the panel of judges and not assume they’re getting bribed money for a lot of these picks, or if they’re seriously out of touch? It’s painful to sit through hours of that just for some game trailers.

    2. We all agree, the game awards are tiresome. Very dogmatic and now cater to Keeley’s financial and allegorical friends.

      F=ma.

  5. I don’t really care anyway. All I ever do during E3 is watch Nintendo’s Direct. Who needs the actual E3 show?

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