E3 Won't Be Returning as a Physical Event in 2022

E3 Won't Be Returning as a Physical Event in 2022

Matt Lorrigan

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced that E3 won't be held in person this year.

“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,” said the ESA statement. “We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”

When asked to clarify if there will be a digital show this year by GamesBeat, the ESA responded that it was “excited about the possibilities of an online event.”

E3 2020 was infamously cancelled due to the sudden spread of coronavirus during the early months of 2020, despite the ESA having earlier said that the show was moving “full speed ahead” despite concerns surrounding the pandemic. In the end, no show ending up taking place at all, either physically or digitally.

E3 2021 did go ahead, however, in the form of a three-day digital event, although not every publisher was on board. The cancellation of E3 in 2020 also led to the creation of Summer Game Fest, by The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley. In the wake of the ESA's announcement, Keighley has also confirmed that Summer Game Fest will be returning once again in 2022.

  • I still don't understand why they even bothered to bring it back. Most publishers have their in-house events and announcing new stuff among thousand other announcements is pointless from a marketing perspective.
    It's a digital industry, globally connected. And yet they need physical trade fairs?

    I likes the Devolverland Expo game from 2020 or the IWOCon game (although badly thought out this one) 2021. THAT's how you should introduce new games - making a bloody game out of it.
  • Just get rid of it. The ESA could have a monthly "Direct" and showcase the various games and gaming-related devices that would've otherwise been on the floor. More people would see all the little things, and the big games would still be found in the large events Microsoft, Ubisoft, etc. would have.
  • I've always watched E3 online anyway, so like every year this makes no difference for me.
  • They'd save a lot of money I'm sure not doing these events. Especially since most don't seem to care about physical conventions anymore. Sort of a dying thing.
  • Fake ass covid worries. Life goes on
  • E3 has never been more than a massive advertisement full of empty promises, lies, and deception.
  • I guess I’m in the minority who actually likes these types of events.. like Comicon and stuff. I never got to go to E3 which sucks, since I really wanted to. But I hate to see these things go. Online is okay but I like the social aspects and meeting others that likes what I like.
  • Wasn't E3 a press-only show anyway except for like two years? Wonder why so many lament that they never went.
  • A monthly thing be better, like nintendo's direct, works well for monthly update knowledge
  • @c1ned1ne; my buddy got tickets to go back in 2017. That was my only chance to go and I wasn’t able to. It’s limited capacity for the fans but you was able to buy tickets for it.
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