Yesterday, the news broke that the ESA was canceling E3 2022. If you’re wondering why the body has decided to cancel The annual video games trade showwe’ll explain everything you need to know.
Simply put, the ESA’s Reason for the Cancellation of E3 2022 is a “so the organization can focus on its resources” on the 2023 show.
While E3 was expected to be another digital event this year, it appears as though the ESA is now abandoning these plans in favor of “delivering all our energy and resources to a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” a statement from the ESA given to IGN.
The statement continues, “What you enjoy from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, the media, and the industry together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”
Outside of that, the ESA has provided any further reasoning. However, given how lackluster last year’s digital shows – with many publishers opting to do outside of their own digital showcases – technically ‘E3’ but within the same week – it might be the ESA that has opted to cut its losses and wait until health COVID-19 has subscribed to its traditional in-person format.
Will There Be a Digital E3 2022 Show?
Unfortunately, as far as an ‘official E3 2022’ digital trade show, no, there won’t be one. However, most major publishers you still have their own showcases which will be live during the same week that E3 is traditionally held at the beginning of June.
Expect announcements from these publishers in the coming weeks as we get closer to the hot summer summer season.