There will be no in-person E3 event this year.
With Omicron surging across the U.S., the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has decided to cancel in-person activities. Last year’s E3, which was held June 12-to-15, was an all-digital affair, as well.
In a statement given to Gamesbeat, the ESA said, “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. We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
What’s still unknown is whether the ESA will sponsor a complete digital conference experience. According to Gfinity, the ESA has told IGN it can’t confirm a full digital event, yet.
The ESA’s caution is likely warranted as most reports put us in the middle of the Omicron surge, which means it could be weeks or months before we emerge on the other side. That outlook is making it increasingly difficult for event planners to map out big conventions with significant numbers of in-person attendees.
A typical E3, which covers the gaming software, entertainment, and console industry, draws almost 70,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors (there were an estimated
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