This years’s Electronics Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, has been officially cancelled.
E3 2022 was set to be a digital event, taking place some time in June. So instead of occupying booths or putting on elaborate shows in vast auditoriums, companies would stream their announcements and mini-conferences online. However, we’re not even going to get that as it’s been formally cancelled.
Will Powers, Razer’s American PR lead, first tweeted out the news yesterday, stated that he’d received an email regards the cancellation. IGN followed up on Powers’ tweet, and received confirmation from the Entertainment Software Association (the company that puts on E3) that this was indeed the case.
The ESA’s website now carries a statement confirming both the cancellation and the organisation’s plans for future E3s:
“E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations.
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.”
It sounds like, despite this setback, E3 will be full steam ahead next year! Or.. will it? E3 has had a rocky few years, and it’s not all down to Coronavirus. E3 2020 was cancelled, and E3 2021 was online only, which may well have hurt the event.
But in 2019 it was discovered that the personal details of thousands of E3 attendees had been leaked, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Had Coronavirus not reared its ugly head, we suspect a lot of people would have had second thoughts about attending, due to this data breach.
Still, ESA has got nearly a year to sort things out and, since they plan to deliver an “..all-new format and interactive experience”, maybe they can breath new life into E3.