Anybody anticipating a return to an in-person E3 occasion ought to most likely alter their expectations. The Digital Software program Affiliation has introduced that it will likely be persevering with to run the present as an internet occasion for 2022.
In a press release to GamesBeat, an ESA spokesperson says that the in-person cancellation is due to “the continuing well being dangers surrounding COVID-19 and its potential affect on the security of exhibitors and attendees.” The announcement comes because the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to unfold in the USA, although it has already begun to say no in South Africa and the UK, the place it first started its unfold.
IGN’s Rebekah Valentine has apparently realized that this is not a sudden cancellation. Plans to presumably proceed E3’s digital presence have apparently been within the works since as early as final Fall, shoftly after PAX West held its first in-person occasion because the pandemic’s starting.
Although E3’s determination to stay with an internet occasion means it will not be any form of superspreader occasion for COVID-19, it has loads of floor to realize after its 2020 occasion presence proved to be lackluster. Geoff Keighley’s pre-COVID departure from E3 to kind the Summer season Video games Fest proved to be a worthy competitor to the normal advertising and marketing occasion, and E3 itself was buoyed primarily by livestreams hosted on different platforms.
The E3 occasion itself was a bit picked over, and quite a few devoted livestreamed hosted by the occasion featured video games beforehand introduced elsewhere.