E3 2022 is cancelled entirely, the ESA has confirmed

E3 2022 is cancelled entirely, the ESA has confirmed
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The Entertainment Software Association has announced that E3 2022 will no longer go ahead in either physical or digital forms.

The ESA made the announcement via a statement on the group’s official website late last night. “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,” the statement continued. “We will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience. We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”

Last year, E3 went ahead as a virtual showcase across three days in June. That show included presentations from the likes of Ubisoft, Square Enix and Xbox & Bethesda’s joint showcase. However, this year will now mark three years since the last “traditional” E3 event took place back in 2019.

This summer won’t be entirely devoid of gaming showcases, as Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest tweeted soon after the ESA’s announcement to confirm it will go ahead this June. There’ll be more details on that in due course. EA however, already confirmed earlier this year that it won’t be holding its own regular EA Play Live summer showcase event.