There will be no E3 this year. Gaming peripheral maker Razer’s PR PR, Will Powers, said in a tweet on the subject that he received an email saying the digital event had been cancelled. IGN shared the news, saying it had independently seen the email confirming the cancellation of the E3 2022 event.
Originally, the video game expo and marketing event was scheduled to take place physically this year. But in January, E3 2022 was again changed from a face-to-face event to an online-only expo due to pandemic conditions . Now, it looks like the digital event has been canceled altogether.
In recent years, there have been growing concerns about the future of E3. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected face-to-face meetings and made the idea of holding very crowded and noisy events less attractive. Last week, the Game Developers Conference was physically held in San Francisco, after which a number of video game industry experts reported testing positive for COVID-19. Adding to pandemic concerns, video game publishers have stirred up enough interest with their online events that they are increasingly backing away from the idea of attending E3. Examples of these are online events such as Nintendo Direct, EA Play Live and Sony State of Play.
When news of E3’s cancellation broke, video game veteran Geoff Keighley took the opportunity to announce that Summer Game Fest will take place this June:
While no E3 2022 event will take place it doesn’t bode well for the future of the event, according to a tweet from Axios’ Stephen Totilo, the event organizer ESA said, “E3 2023 will feature a revitalized showcase celebrating exciting new video games and industry innovations. It will be back.”. E3 2023 is planned to take place as both an online and face-to-face event.