E3 2022 canceled, the video game fair takes a sabbatical year

L’ESA – Entertainment Software Association – raises the white flag: E3 2022 will not take placeof any shape. The world’s largest video game trade showtraditional annual meeting that brings together the elite of the gaming world in Los Angeles, will return in 2023. Canceled the 2020 edition in a world still shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 2021 was held with a digital format. In 2022, there won’t even be that anymore.

“We previously announced that E3 would not be held live in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19. Today we are announcing that in 2022 there won’t even be a digital E3“, he says a note from the ESA. “We will devote all of our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer.”

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In a world that, after two years of emergency testing for coexistence with the virus, but in no particular order (from Asian lockdowns to the end of the state of emergency in Italy), the world of entertainment-related trade shows and to technology is always in motion with lead feet: after the CES and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in attendance, although with many defections and reduced ranks, the E3 chooses the path ofsabbatical yearbut to speak only of caution would be an understatement.

While it’s true that last week saw the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, from which many industry professionals are said to have emerged with COVID-19 positivity, it remains clear that more and more companies in the sector choose to hold notices of their events online, from Nintendo with Direct to Sony with State of Play.

If all goes well, E3 will return in 2023 taking over the reins of the gaming scene, but for that it will have to be supported by publishers and make itself economically sustainable. In the meantime, there are those trying to fill the void: Geoff Keighley was quick to confirm that Summer Game Fest would be held in June.