In short: The Digital Leisure Expo (E3) joined the record of occasions that will probably be online-only this 12 months because of issues concerning the Omicron variant of Covid-19. It’s the second 12 months in a row that organizers have opted to host the occasion completely on-line.
The Leisure Software program Affiliation (ESA) confirmed with GamesBeat that it has shifted E3 on-line once more and can announce extra particulars quickly. The occasion hasn’t been held in individual since 2019. Due to the preliminary Covid-19 outbreak, 2020 was the primary 12 months E3 was ever canceled within the occasion’s 20-plus-year historical past. Final 12 months, the ordinarily hands-on expo returned as an online-only affair.
Nonetheless, IGN’s sources say that even a digital occasion is not set in stone this 12 months and that the ESA might have given up on a bodily expo way back to final 12 months. Normally, the ESA instantly follows the conclusion of E3 with confirmed dates for the next 12 months’s occasion, however it’s been half a 12 months since E3 2021, and we haven’t any particular dates for 2022. The way forward for the occasion itself could also be in query.
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The 2022 Summer season Recreation Fest website—an analogous on-line occasion meant to indicate off upcoming video video games—went dwell across the similar time the organizers introduced E3 2022 change. Its schedule additionally has but to be introduced.
One other occasion moving on-line this 12 months due to Omicron is the Sundance Movie Competition, which begins on January 20. Initially, organizers deliberate a hybrid occasion. The 2022 Recreation Builders Convention, arising in March, will nonetheless be in-person however requires attendees to be vaccinated. It was virtual-only final 12 months.
The Client Electronics Present this week was technically an in-person occasion. Nonetheless, Omicron triggered many outstanding attendees to drop out on the final minute, together with Panasonic, IBM, BMW, AMD, Microsoft, Intel, and others. The occasion additionally ended at some point early.