This year officially end, next year will be revitalize.
E3 has been officially canceled, and also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022. This is the second time in three years where the ESA hasn’t held its annual fest. E3 2019 was the last edition of the show to host an in-person event. All forms of what would have been E3 2020 were canceled, while E3 2021 was held as an online event due to pandemic. It's means that E3 has officially end for this year.
The statement continues: "We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we announce that there will also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022. Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience."
Last week, a number of video game industry professionals reported testing positive for COVID-19 after attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In addition to pandemic concerns, video game publishers have increasingly withdrawn from E3 in favor of hosting their own online events like Nintendo’s Direct showcases, EA Play Live, and Sony’s State of Play.
Geoff Keighley, the host of Summer Game Fest and the Game Awards, and the owner of a seemingly bottomless sneaker closet, tweeted out a winky-face emoji. The Summer Game Fest Twitter account, meanwhile, reassured followers that its event will kick off with a live showcase, with details to come.
Geoff Keighley has also confirmed that his own take on E3, the Summer Games Fest, is returning for 2022. While the schedule for the event hasn't yet been announced, Keighley has said it "returns Summer 2022".
We expected that E3 2013 would be both an online, and in-person event. The ESA said, “E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations", continue "We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.