After canceling its physical event back in January, E3 announced it was going digital for 2022. Now, unfortunately, even the digital event has been canned. The news officially broke via Twitter.
The end of E3?
Just got an email… It’s official, E3 digital is official cancelled for 2022. Lots of mixed feelings about this…
— Will Powers 🛫 NYC (@WillJPowers) March 31, 2022
This year’s cancellation marks the third consecutive year in which no E3 will take place in Los Angeles. Some fans believe this may mark the end of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The ESA says that this isn’t the case. Via IGN, the industry body confirmed that the cancellation is real. It also promised that E3 would take place in 2023, featuring “…a reinvigorated showcase”.
“We will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.” said the ESA.
Later, the ESA added that the cancellation was needed so the organisation could “focus its resources” on the 2023 show.
Excited to share that @SummerGameFest will return this June with a slate of events. We’ll be producing another Kickoff Live show with announcements, news and first looks.
Much more to share in the coming weeks, along with some very cool new elements for ’22. pic.twitter.com/jjXLG8Xueh
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 31, 2022
Not all the news surrounding E3 is grim. Minutes after its cancellation was announced, Geoff Keighley stepped in. The industry stalwart shared a tweet reassuring fans that Summer Game Fest would continue as planned in June. So that’s all right, then. Well, except for the folks who run the now-canceled Los Angeles-based expo. They’re probably still rather upset.