This year, there will be no E3. Will Powers, the publicist for gaming peripheral maker Razer, stated in a tweet that the digital event had been canceled. IGN broke the story first, claiming to have seen the email confirming E3’s cancellation independently.
This year’s video game trade expo and marketing event was supposed to take place in person. However, owing to the pandemic, E3 was again switched from an in-person event to an online-only display in January. The digital event appears to have been fully canceled at this time.
For the past few years, there has been rising anxiety regarding E3’s future. The COVID-19 epidemic is still affecting in-person meetings, making the notion of a huge, well-attended event unappealing. After visiting the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, a number of video game industry individuals reported testing positive for COVID-19. Aside from the threat of a pandemic, video game publishers have increasingly shied away from E3 in favor of staging their own online events, such as Nintendo’s Direct, EA Play Live, and Sony’s State of Play.
As the news of E3’s cancellation spread, Geoff Keighley, the consummate video game promoter, neatly stepped in to announce that his Summer Game Fest is set for June this year.
“E3 will return in 2023 with a revived display that honors new and innovative video games and industry advancements,” the ESA claimed in a tweet from Axios’ Stephen Totilo, but not having an E3 at all bodes badly for the show’s continuing health. E3 2023 is planned to take place both online and in person.