E3 2022 is canceled, but a return is planned for 2023
There will be no E3 in 2022. The cancellation makes 2022 the second year in more than two and a half decades that an E3 has not taken place. The other year without E3 was 2020, when the event was canceled due to lockdowns at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Entertainment Software Association’s annual trade event began in 1995, and despite its relevance fluctuating over the years (2007 was terrible), it has always been considered the most important event in the industry. games. There was an E3 last year, though it was held online rather than in person at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year, there will be no physical or online E3. It’s canceled entirely, though it’s not the end of E3 in general, according to the ESA.
“E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates exciting new video games and industry innovations,” the organization said in an email sent to PC Gamer. He plans to return to Los Angeles for the show, but said there will also be a digital component.
The question for this year now becomes how much we will notice the absence of E3. These days, in the minds of gamers and the industry itself, E3 has become a conglomeration of numerous events and gatherings that take place on Twitch, YouTube, and in and around the LA Convention Center every June, not all of which are officially associated with the ESA show.
Flashy E3 press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and major game publishers have in the past been officially considered E3 events, but in recent years some of these companies have chosen to do their own thing. Sony skipped E3 2021, for example, and for the past few years EA has hosted EA Play Live around E3 week, but not as part of E3.
The convention, which would have been held June 11-14 this year, also attracted shows from non-publishers. PC Gamer itself started hosting the annual PC Gaming Show in 2015. We’ll be back this year: PC Gaming Show 2022 is scheduled for June.
As well as producing and hosting the annual Game Awards, Geoff Keighley has also become a big presence during E3 week with the Summer Game Fest. Following the announcement of the cancellation of E3 2022, he tweeted a winking emoji. Later, he officially announced the return of Summer Game Fest.
Glad to share that @SummerGameFest will be returning in June with a slate of events. We’ll be producing another Kickoff Live show with announcements, news, and first looks. Lots more to share in the weeks to come, plus some really cool new stuff for ’22. pic.twitter.com/jjXLG8XuehMarch 31, 2022
There were also a number of other streams adjacent to E3 last year that could return in June alongside the biggest conferences. Since a convention center floor wasn’t planned to begin with, the only thing missing from this year’s E3 compared to last year might be the letter and number. We expect a lot of events to take place during this week of June, as well as before and after.