The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced that the E3 2022 will not be held in person due to the increase in infections of the coronavirus pandemic caused by the micron variant. The Los Angeles video game fair takes place annually in June, although it was not held in 2020 and last year only one event was held. digital that this year is still in the air.
“Due to ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, the E3 I don’t know how to celebrate in person in 2022 “, announces the ESA in a statement published by VentureBeat. “Seguimos increblemente” excited about the future of E3 and we look forward to announcing more details soon. “
E3 takes place in the Los Angeles Convention Center. In February 2021, after canceling their plans for a face-to-face event for that year, they were already working with the managers of the North American city to return to the convention center in 2022. However, since IGN report, citing anonymous sources related to the E3 organization, that the ESA abandoned its plans for a face-to-face date since last fall.
This is spin. I heard from sources in mid-November, before Omicron’s emergence at the end of that month that the ESA had abandoned their dates for the LACC. https://t.co/2oIbkNDFBx– Mike Futter (@Futterish) January 6, 2022
From the US media they add that sources of the video game industry have not heard plans for an E3 (physical or digital) for this year despite the fact that in previous years there are usually plans on the table. Analyst Mike Futter says on Twitter: “Several sources told me mid-November, before the emergence of micron at the end of that month, that ESA had dropped its dates for the Los Angeles Convention Center. “
Journalist Jason Schreier suggests on the same social network: “Looks like E3 is dead. Can someone else make an excuse for all of us to go to Los Angeles in June? “Also, he adds in another message that” in no way was this a knee-jerk reaction to micron. This is E3 throwing in the towelDuring the last few years, information has been published about the difficulty of the ESA in convincing the big publishers to pay for the Convention Center spaces.
BTW, I 100% believe @Futterish‘s reporting that the ESA gave up on E3 months ago (there would otherwise have been dates on their website) over the PR fluff piece that hit today. No way was this a knee-jerk reaction to Omicron. It’s E3 throwing in the towel— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 6, 2022
The online edition is also on the air
The organization assures that it is “excited by the possibilities of an online event”, but do not confirm that, as in 2021, they hold a digital event.
Last year’s digital edition was accompanied by a mobile app criticized by users for its errors and lack of usefulness. Some round tables on the industry of the video game, while the big companies (Nintendo, Xbox, Square Enix, etc.) made the usual presentations on their own.
Geoff Keighley, the producer of The Game Awards, announced on January 1 the return from the Summer Game Fest in 2022. In parallel to the ESA announcement, the official website of the event Keighley’s has been activated, although no dates appear. The Summer Game Fest brings together the summer digital events of the major publishers with less weighty presentations organized by the festival team, which concludes with the Gamescom opening ceremony.