Video game expo, E3, has officially cancelled it’s digital-only event for this year, meaning that there will now be no E3 event whatsoever in 2022.
After the standard in-person expo had been scrapped due to Covid-19 concerns, plans for a digitally held expo were set for the summer of 2022. These plans have since been cancelled, coming as a gut-punch to gaming fans across the globe.
Rumours circulated the internet in January that the event would be cancelled, and now these rumours have unfortunately come true.
This will mark the second time this decade in which the largest gaming expo in the world has been cancelled.
In a statement released to IGN, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said: “We will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalised physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favourite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”
They then went on to say: “We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”
This comes after EA had cancelled their E3 equivalent showcase, EA Play Live, earlier in March.
E3 is an annual gaming expo which is famous for its announcements of the latest triple AAA video games and gaming related news, with large companies such as Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and EA making regular appearances.
In recent years, E3 can be considered to have taken a back seat, while showcases such as the official Xbox and PlayStation showcases have taken the wheel in terms of large video game announcements.
By Adam Eaton
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