E3 2022 Has Been Canceled officially, here’s Why. Alongside speculations about its plans, the entertainment software association (ESA) has now confirmed that it would not be holding an online event this year, effectively canceling E3 2022.
This news joins the ESA’s January announcement when it revealed that there would not be an in-person E3 event in this summer. Though the initial revelation indicates that the revelation would go digital, the vague nature of the organization’s statements at that time left the door open for cancellation.
E3 2022 Has Been Canceled officially
This news first came out in a tweet that was published by Razer’s willpower, which stated that the official cancellation was sent out in form of an email. This tweet led to a deeper investigation among those that were caught off guard by the news led quickly to the confirmation from IGN and then, right around the same time, an official statement that was published by the ESA.
It does not look like this would be the end of E3 overall, mind, as the association indicates that it would be offering a particularly exciting event coming up next year to make up for the pandemic-related disruption.
E3 Will Return in 2023 with Live and Digital Events
The Pandemic is ultimately the major reason for the ESA’s decision, as it originally stated that it would be holding an in-person event this year due to the continued risk that the virus brought – something a lot of events have had to face. The same reason was also stated for canceling E3 2021, though last year did bring a digital event in its place. In contrast, E3 2020 was entirely canceled, as the event has been scheduled for the early days of the pandemic, and conducting a digital event on such short notice was not feasible.
The ESA did not state any reason for its decision to skip an online event this year, instead of placing its statement on its plans for the coming summer. The organization stated that it would be redirecting its resources toward E3 2023, which it plans to offer in both physical and digital mediums in Los Angeles. Only a few details on that were stated, with the ESA simply saying in a statement that E3 2023 will be featuring interactive showcases and an unspecified new format.
Even though we do not have official clarity, IGN claims that potential partners were frustrated over the ESA’s silence on if a digital event would be holding this coming summer, something the sources allege snowballed right into the cancellation due ultimately to a lack of energy that is directed at making such an event occur.
This news might be great for the E3 fans, however, as digital events cannot really be compared with the hands-on experience, and it seems like next year would be marking a particularly notable return to normalcy.