E3 2022 is ready – it will not take place this year in any form. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that they are completely canceling the 2022 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The organizers initially forwarded the information to their event partners and publishers via email. E3 2022 was expected to be held this summer as an online-only event, after plans for a personal experience were dropped at the beginning of the year. ESA has stated that it now plans to return with E3 2023 as a combination of an online and personal event.
Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, E3 was completely scrapped in 2020 and then held digitally in 2021. The 2021 trade show was free to watch online and featured some big names in the gaming industry, including Nintendo, Ubisoft, Xbox, Square Enix, Capcom and Warner Bros. . ESA had hoped to be able to return to the show floor with a live audience this year. However, these plans were withdrawn in January due to the growing cases of covid in the United States.
Now, in a statement to Polygon, ESA has confirmed that the fair will not be held digitally this year either. The organizers now plan to make a comeback in 2023 with a renewed and interactive format. ESA is expected to issue a more detailed announcement shortly.
In the wake of E3 2022’s set, The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley train to Twitter to remind game fans that the summer game party will be held as planned. It will take place in June and is expected to provide a range of exciting live-streamed shows, including the KickOff show hosted by Keighley. In recent years, Summer Game Fest has seen the participation of notable gaming companies such as Activision, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, Steam, Capcom and more.
The popularity of E3 has declined in recent years, with those such as EA, Sony and Xbox choosing to host their own events alongside.
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