There will be no E3 this year. In a tweet, Will Powers, PR for gaming peripheral maker Razer, said he received an email saying the digital event had been cancelled. IGN originally broke the news, saying they also independently viewed the email confirming the cancellation of E3.
Just got an email… It’s official, digital E3 is officially canceled for 2022. Lots of mixed feelings about that…
— Will Powers NYC (@WillJPowers) March 31, 2022
The video game trade show and marketing event was originally scheduled to be held in person this year. However, in January, E3 again changed from an in-person event to an online-only exhibit due to the pandemic. Now, it looks like the digital event has been canceled altogether.
There has been growing concern about the fate of E3 in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact in-person gatherings, making the prospect of a very large and famous event unappealing. Last week, a number of video game industry professionals said they tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In addition to pandemic concerns, video game publishers have increasingly pulled out of E3 in favor of hosting their own online events like Nintendo’s Direct showcases, EA Play Live, and State of Play from Sony.
As news of E3’s cancellation broke, consummate video game hype Geoff Keighley stepped in softly to announce that his Summer Game Fest is confirmed for June this year.
Glad to share this @SummerGameFest will return in June with a list of events. We’ll be producing another Kickoff Live broadcast with announcements, news, and early previews.
Lots more to share in the coming weeks, plus some really cool new stuff for ’22. pic.twitter.com/jjXLG8Xueh
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 31, 2022
While having no E3 at all bodes ill for the show’s continued health, according to a tweet from Axios‘ Stephane Totilo, the ESA said, “E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates exciting new video games and industry innovations.” E3 2023 is expected be both an online and in-person event.