E3 2022 in-person and digital events officially canceled

    What does this mean for the future of E3?


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    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced that E3 2022 is canceled, meaning there will be no in-person and digital even happening this year. This news follows the ESA’s announcement back in January that the in-person event will not be pushing through this year.

    While E3 2022 is canceled, the ESA did confirm via a statement to VentureBeat that E3 2023 is scheduled for next year. In their statement, the ESA said:

    “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.”

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    2020 marked the first year since its inception that an E3 event did not take place. While the ongoing pandemic meant that E3 2021 also did not have an in-person event, the ESA did at least hold a digital event which featured showcases from several game publishers.

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    Now that E3 2022 is not happening, gamers can expect publishers to hold their own showcases and conferences, or be part of other shows like Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest or Gamescom.

    While an E3 2023 event is confirmed, there are still doubts about the long-term sustainability of E3.

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    Nicolo Manaloto
    Nicolo Manaloto
    UnGeek's resident editor who is obsessed with anything and everything Death Stranding. He is also a big fan of the Yakuza series, and is a weaboo in denial.


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