E3 2022 has been entirely cancelled to “create a new benchmark for hybrid industry events and audience interaction,” announced the Entertainment Association (ESA) earlier this week. E3 is the world’s biggest gaming expo of the year, and it was a virtual event last year after previously being an in-person event. This year, though, there will be no E3.
The ESA has already informed partners that E3 will not be hosted this year, despite earlier plans to return the show in-person to Los Angeles owing to the pandemic.
According to a report by Variety, “E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated expo that promotes new and innovative video games and industry advancements.” The report adds, “We already declared that owing to the continued health hazards associated with COVID-19, E3 will not be hosted in-person in 2022.” Today, we are also announcing that there will be no digital E3 exhibition in 2022.”
Furthermore, the ESA stated that it will “dedicate all of our efforts and resources to providing a rejuvenated physical and digital E3 experience next summer.” The 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new style and interactive experience, whether seen from the show floor or your favourite gadgets. We are excited to bring E3 to fans all across the world, live from Los Angeles in 2023.”
Due to the pandemic, E3 was last cancelled in 2020, and in 2021, a four-day virtual version of the event was hosted between June 12 and June 15. According to the ESA, the most recent physical event was E3 2019, where 66,100 people congregated at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.