ESA can be back in virtual space
[Update: In a follow-up statement to IGN, the ESA said that it could not confirm whether or not it would be hosting a digital event this year. Other sources told IGN that the ESA had foregone hosting a physical show, possibly as early as fall of 2021. Our original story follows.]
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo sounds like it’s coming back to the online-only realm. In a statement to VentureBeat, the Entertainment Software Association confirmed that E3 will not take place in person in 2022.
“Due to the current health risks associated with COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not take place in person in 2022,” ESA told VentureBeat. “We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
E3 2021 was also live only due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 show has been canceled for similar reasons. So with that, it looks like E3 will host another digital event, although what that will look like this year remains to be seen.
Prospects for a return of physical events appeared optimistic for this year, with vaccines and boosters more available. It looks like the recent wave of the Omicron variant has put an end to one of those plans, however.
The theoretical window for E3 2022 is still months away, but given the above statement, ESA appears to be heading for safety.
As with the other shows, PAX East 2022 will be held in Boston from April 21-24. PAX will also require that all attendees, including exhibitors and staff, be fully immunized. And on the online front, Geoff Keighley also just tweeted that the Summer Game Fest will be Back this summer.
Physical events or not, it looks like the summer of gaming news and reveals is brewing for another digital year.