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VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb says that the E3 2022 digital event is “a mess” and “probably also cancelled”

You may recall that, a couple of weeks ago, the ESA confirmed 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″. You may also recall that the ESA didn’t confirm that a digital-only event was happening. Well, we may now know why that was the case.

VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb has uploaded a short video to his YouTube channel. In it, he talks about the E3 2022 news. According to Grubb, not only is the E3 2022 digital event “a mess”, but he says that, digitally, E3 2022 is “probably also cancelled”. If it does manage to happen, Grubb says that things will “limp” into it from other events, such as Summer Game Fest.


16 thoughts on “VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb says that the E3 2022 digital event is “a mess” and “probably also cancelled””

  1. I highly doubt anybody really cares about this, especially Nintendo fans we get directs so this means nothing to us, and it’s not like Xbox and playstation haven’t done their own things before, it’ll trend on YouTube and Twitter regardless.

    1. Yes that I agree. I stop caring about this a while ago and we all know things are going a complete mess now because of the outbreak. Also, I never imagine that PlayStation and Xbox would do their own thing.

      1. Playstayion has their own direct called “state of play” they do it a few times a year but they just started implenting it more often since the pandemic, xbox has something similar but I forgot what it was call.

        1. Ahh I see. PlayStation as always, they do showcase to show off their titles in their consoles only and Xbox. I don’t know about what kind of showcase is called for them to announced there titles or updates for the system.

  2. I care about this. This is bad news. E3 brings joy and excitement, and while it might not be as huge of an event as it used to be, I look forward to it every year. I don’t think it’s super worth trying to do digital though. Watching the mostly terrible comments on YouTube go by does not compare to hearing a room full of nerds celebrate the reveal of an exciting new game.

    1. Lol you actually watch and look at the youtube comments, I’m not gonna lose some braincells in “this isn’t smash” or “where’s botw 2” I watch with comments off nintendo events have been digital aside from treehouse (and thats sorta digital too cause you can watch nintendo do longer gameplay), you know it helps alot of people like me and others to be able to see an event live, some of us can’t afford to go over the map just to see a few days event, (I guess you already been there a few kahoots to you if you have) but from your stand point it sounds awfully selfish, especially with how crazy covid is, meeting up in a big area like that and then finding out your postive in the next few days after the event ain’t even worth it to see the premiere of a brand new game.

    2. I usually hide the YouTube chat and post my reactions in one of my small Discord groups because they are often rude about the games that I am looking forward to. I used to be able to tolerate the masses but now it’s becoming more and more difficult.

  3. Not suprised in the slightest. What do you expect when everyone’s still traveling, still trying to do in person events, refuse to wear masks just because they’re vaccinated, etc. Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon lol. We got Nintendo Directs, Xbox’s showcases, and Playstation’s State of Play so this isn’t a big deal.

  4. You know what I used to like? Nintendo Power magazine. I’d still like it if it was a thing today.

    But it’s not. Because it’s no longer necessary. Because of the internet.

    Do you see where I’m going with this?

    1. Tbh I would probably still pay for Nintendo Power if it was a thing. I really liked things such as the comics in the middle, those editorial comments, and they had a way of making me try out new games that I would otherwise brush off from these online articles and trailers. It just hits different.

  5. I’m not mad at events cancelling because of covid, safety first. I enjoyed watching the in person events live via internet since I’m not a member of the press or could really afford the trip.

    Nintendo would be really good at decorating their areas and made for cool in person experiences from what I’ve heard. E3 also put pressure on execs to bring it, if you have a solo show then you don’t have to worry about being outclassed by another company at the same event. Also really enjoy the post E3 journalism and best of e3 awards. Idk, just bummed it isn’t happening regardless of reason. Sure we have companies doing their own events nowadays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a better option than having a fun couple days where everyone in the industry comes together.

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