IGN has confirmed that E3 2022 has been completely canceled with no plans for an online or in-person event to reinstate the event for next year.
Kodoani.com – After months of debate from the Entertainment Software Association about future plans, E3 2022 has been officially canceled for both live and online events.
IGN confirmed the news after it was initially leaked by a tweet from Will Powers, Razer’s PR lead after he said an email had been sent out announcing the cancellation. Back in January, E3 confirmed there would be no in-person events this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Discussions about E3 have been rife with uncertainty, according to sources, while third parties typically involved in the event have expressed concern about ESA’s silence on the potential for an online event.
ESA originally planned an in-person event this year after canceling the event entirely in 2020 and only holding E3 online last year. After the in-person event was cancelled, ESA remained tight-lipped about the possibility of an online-only event like last year. Apparently, the ESA was looking at the possibility of holding it online, but there has been a reported lack of motivation to promote discussions.
In a statement to GamesBeat, E3 confirmed the cancellation of the event but promised a live event in 2023 in Los Angeles. The statement read: “E3 will return in 2023 with a revamped rollout that celebrates new and exciting games and industry innovations. We’ve previously announced that E3 will not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we’re announcing that there will also be no online E3 rollout in 2022.”
“Instead, we’ll be devoting all of our energy and resources to bringing a revitalized in-person and online E3 experience next summer,” the statement continued. “Whether enjoyed from the show floor or on your favorite devices, the 2023 rollout will bring the community, media and industry together in a completely new format. new and interactive experience. We look forward to introducing E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”
In further comments from ESA, it expressed hope to revive the long-running event, which struggled in E3’s online format last year. It explains that the goal of this year-long absence is to ensure “the revived showcase sets a new standard for hybrid industry events and fan engagement.” It also expressed its excitement at seeing indie shows throughout the year and said it would join the community to support the newly presented titles. For now, the ESA plans to spend its time reshaping what is considered the premier event in the gaming industry.