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Microsoft, Nintendo, and More to Participate at Digital-Only E3 2021

Microsoft, Nintendo, and More to Participate at Digital-Only E3 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 April 2021 / 1,119 Views

The Entertainment Software Association announced E3 2021 will be a digital-only event and run from June 12 to 15.

Confirmed companies that will be participating include Microsoft, Nintendo, Capcom, Koch Media, Konami, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. More companies will be announced soon. 

Developers at E3 2021 will showcase their latest games and news to fans worldwide. The Entertainment Software Association will work with its media partners to "help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free."

"For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games," said Entertainment Software Association president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis.

"We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games."

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer via Twitter added, "Glad to see the game industry coming together again in June for a digital E3. This and other summer events are proof that our industry is strongest when we work together. Looking forward to sharing what we have in store this summer."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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shikamaru317 (on 06 April 2021)

I'm glad that E3 is back in a pretty big way. Last summer was an absolute mess, we had publishers stringing out announcements across 4 months, which is a massive downgrade compared to getting most of the announces for the summer condensed into a single week at E3 like we used to. Seems like most publishers are planning to at least condense everything into 1 month this year, June. Sounds like we'll have quite alot at E3 in June, plus Geoff Keighley's summer games thing is limited to June.

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Rafie (on 06 April 2021)

I think Sony is done with E3.

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curl-6 (on 06 April 2021)

Great to hear, the lack of one last year really sucked

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 06 April 2021)

Should be interesting. Might not quite be a regular E3, but with that many publishers in on it there's bound to be some big news in the bunch.

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Ninhut (on 06 April 2021)

cool an e3 direct I'm looking forward to it

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Bandorr (on 06 April 2021)

What's the point? How is a Nintendo direct different than E3?

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JWeinCom Bandorr (on 06 April 2021)

I think a live show, even if streamed, has a bit of a different feel and pacing to a pretaped direct. So the show may be a bit different.

But even if they're just going to release a direct and slap the E3 label on it, I think that Nintendo just sees value in keeping the E3 branding alive. Maybe next year they have something to announce where they really want a live crowd with all the media in attendance. They want to make sure E3 still exists then.

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Bandorr JWeinCom (on 06 April 2021)

Good argument. They want to stay "Attached" to E3 so if it becomes big again they can stay with it.


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JWeinCom Bandorr (on 06 April 2021)

Yeah. My initial reaction was the same as yours. That's the best reason I could think of.

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