One of the highlights for many gaming fans has been E3 since its creation back in 1995. It was an event that gave fans a first glimpse at some of the biggest upcoming games and gave the media the opportunity to go hands-on with a variety of titles. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 has struggled to find its place in a world of publisher-held live streams and online events. While many had hoped that E3 would return in its classic format this year. However, it appears that those hopes of an in-person E3 2022 have vanished.
In a statement given to gaming website VentureBeat from the ESA, who are the organizers of the event. They state that “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,”. The ESA goes on to state that “We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”.
This is of course a big disappointment to fans, media, and developers who all made the trip to Los Angeles every year to celebrate and showcase the best that the gaming industry has to offer. With this in mind, it is important that all party’s health and safety are taken care of first and foremost. While there is no concrete information at this time in regards to the scale of this digital E3 event. We will undoubtedly hear more information in the coming months in the lead-up to E3’s usual June window.
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