The past few years haven’t been great for large, in-person events like the popular E3 showcase due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to a news outlet recent, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), the organizers of the event, recently stated that E3 2022 will once again be online-only due to health concerns.
“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 in a statement. “We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
According to another source however, the ESA has quietly been planning to keep E3 digital for the foreseeable future, as many big name publishers pulled out of the 2021 show when they realised they could simply hold their own online event whenever they felt the need to, bypassing fees paid for a spotlight during E3.
Whatever the future holds for E3, it’s likely that this year will follow the same sort of structure as 2021, where E3 was spread out over a whole month with various different livestreams. But there’s still room for big hours-long events, as Geoff Keighley announced in a very well-timed Tweet that Summer Game Fest will return in 2022.
What do you think? Are you excited for E3 2022? Or do you think it’s time to move on to a different format? Will there still be a place for in-person events after the pandemic? And what future could E3 have? Let us know your thoughts!