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

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

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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.

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