E3 2022 Officially Cancelled With No Physical or Digital Showcase

E3 2022 Officially Cancelled With No Physical or Digital Showcase

Matt Lorrigan

E3 2022 has been fully and officially cancelled, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced.

The ESA confirmed earlier this year that E3 wouldn't be returning as a physical event in 2022, due to the “ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19”. However, despite being “excited about the possibilities of an online event”, the ESA has now announced that there will be no digital E3 showcase in 2022.

Instead, the ESA is focusing on E3 2023, which it says will feature “a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations”.

“Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” reads the official statement. “Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favourite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”

“We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”

E3 in its traditional form has been struggling since the COVID-19 pandemic begun in early 2020. This led to E3 2020 being infamously cancelled, although E3 2021 did go ahead as a three-day digital showcase.

Following the news breaking of E3 2022's cancellation, Geoff Keighley, the host of The Game Awards, was quick to announce that Summer Game Fest would be returning in June, as it did last year.

  • Well the past 10 years of E3 has been horrible with forced scripts, bad jokes and just overall cringe, instead of focusing on what gamers actually want.
  • Good riddance. Way better to just have devs do their own showcase streams so you don't have to sit through tons of fluff. I used to love E3 when I was younger. It was something I looked forward to watching every year live on tv. But it just got so annoying to have to sit through a 1 hour showcase where 40 minutes was devoted to terrible sports games or live music performances that had zero to do with the games being shown. Then you had the awful celebrity and internet "celebrity" hosts that added nothing and were cringey as hell at times.
  • Nothing of value was lost.
  • Meh, we've moved onto the age of announcing everything through a tweet now anyways.
  • Gaming in ever way or genre is dying.

  • Won’t someone please think of the attention starved cosplayers.
  • Lol Summer Game fest is boring af
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