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E3 2022 Will Once Again Be Online Only

E3 2022 Will Once Again Be Online Only - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 January 2022 / 1,566 Views

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in a statement sent to GamesBeat announced the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will once again be online only in 2022 due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022," the ESA said. "We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon."

E3 2021 was also held online in June 2021, following a cancellation in 2020. There are no exact dates yet for E3 2022.

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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thevideogameninja (on 06 January 2022)

As long as E3 stays where it is I don't think gamers can expect much of a change.

I understand them wanting to be safe but it really makes you wonder when people are going to move on with life.

That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft pulls out at this point. Sony and Nintendo have forgone E3 (technically they still have a presence but I digress.) over the last few renditions I don't anticipate them suddenly coming back anytime soon with news like this.

For years gamers have been saying that E3 is dying but I have always been a huge supporter as it is our industries superbowl. However, with decisions like this seemingly ongoing perhaps those calls were right.


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trunkswd thevideogameninja (on 06 January 2022)

Nintendo still participates in E3. They haven't done an in-person press conference in years. But they will do a Nintendo Direct and in 2019 they did have a presence on the show floor.

Xbox seems to be the one that prefers in-person events with an audience. So I see them still doing E3 for now.

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aTokenYeti (on 06 January 2022)

I really hope this doesn’t become the new normal for E3. The remote presentations have been consistently lower quality.

In 2021 Nintendo and Microsoft were the only two I actually enjoyed

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2zosteven (on 07 January 2022)

What is the real issue here? is it because the organizers really care about people catching covid? i mean look at all the sports continuing.

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2zosteven (on 06 January 2022)

bring it to Texas, but leave the politics behind!

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Norion (on 06 January 2022)

Damn that's really disappointing. After how E3 2021 went I was looking forward to it hopefully being back in person this year but now my excitement for it will be easily the lowest it's ever been.

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JEMC (on 06 January 2022)

Sad, but understandable.

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SanAndreasX (on 06 January 2022)

E3 is a relic of the 5th and 6th generations. Companies are better at curating their own pressers. If a game company is really wanting to do a big show, they might consider CES, which is where video games were exhibited before E3.

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mjk45 SanAndreasX (on 06 January 2022)

The only trouble with CES is games become just another part to be lumped in with the rest. at least E3 gives games a central spotlight , the problem with E3 in its present format is it no longer fit for its original purpose of being a trade show Sony has said time and again June is far to late and modern stock management now means that 90% of holiday trade deals are now completed in the first quarter of the year and that just leaves E3 as a media event and that turns it into a very expensive exercise and they feel they have done that in a better targeted and more cost effective manner by holding their own showcases throughout the year.

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VAMatt mjk45 (on 06 January 2022)

They could simply move it into March.

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mjk45 VAMatt (on 06 January 2022)

I agree either that or split it into a trade and media show

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JackHandy SanAndreasX (on 06 January 2022)

E3 DOES seem passe now, but I don't think we're better off for it. There is nothing in gaming now that rivals our collective imagination like E3 use to. It was our super bowl or world cup. Gamers, regardless of their preferred platform, all looked forward to it with bated breath and tuned in together. We don't have anything like that now, and I think it's a real shame.

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mjk45 JackHandy (on 06 January 2022)

the trouble with E3 is that we are in the social media age where every gaming story rumour news is out there and pretty much all the games are known dissected and talked about and available 24/7 , I like you still feel there is a place for E3 but they need to sit down with the industry and come up with a complete overhaul.

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SanAndreasX mjk45 (on 07 January 2022)

Remember the "E3 Business and Media Summit" from mid-7th gen?

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JackHandy mjk45 (on 07 January 2022)

Agreed 100%. The access to 24/7 news is no-doubt what did E3 in.

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SanAndreasX JackHandy (on 07 January 2022)

I mostly enjoyed E3 at console unveilings. The last E3 I enjoyed was E3 2013, with Jack Tretton zinging Microsoft after all of the blunders of the X1 launch. For games I preferred TGS or Shoshinkai. E3 delivered the promise of new consoles, while TGS delivered on those promises (or hit us with cold hard reality, case depending.)

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Signalstar (on 06 January 2022)

Covid is never going to end.

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Kakadu18 Signalstar (on 06 January 2022)


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Jumpin (on 07 January 2022)

E3 is one of those things whose reputation has always been WAY bigger than its reality. Prior to coronavirus, it wasn’t even in the top 10 gaming conventions anymore. At a time, it used to be one of the three big events for game announcements, but that has changed drastically over the past 15 years. Companies, like Nintendo, have long since moved their announcements into digital events across the year.

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VAMatt Jumpin (on 08 January 2022)

E3, and independent events that are scheduled around the time of E3 (to capitalize on the E3 news cycle) still represent the biggest gaming news event of the year. Nothing else is even close.

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