E3 2022 will be live again only after the latest Covid outbreak

– Advertising –

The annual trade and meeting point for the video game industry, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, will once again be an online-only event in 2022.

According to a statement from its organizers, the Electronic Software Association (ESA), the annual event returns as an online-only format for the second time in a row due to “continuing health risks from COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and participants.

Since last month, the latest Omicron variant of Covid19 has spread around the world, rapidly disrupting services and business in general. Although the latest spread is not as deadly as it once was, the virus is spreading very quickly and the United States reports an average of 700,000 cases per day.

The latest Omicron case propagation forced all events to reschedule or move to an online-only format. Starting with CES 2022 in Las Vegas, where we saw many big tech companies pulling out of the in-person event and instead opting to host virtual shows to announce new products.

After the 2020 E3 event was canceled and 2021 E3 moved to an online-only format, ESA previously said that in 2022 it would revert to an in-person event. While ESA did not reveal any plans for this year’s event and only said they were “nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”

It’s unclear exactly what kind of future E3 has in store after all that’s been said and done. With the third cancellation of an in-person event, ESA will once again miss a major source of its revenue for the third year in a row. Additionally, increased competition from independent publisher events and Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest has reduced ESA’s potential revenue every year.

– Advertising –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *