Via a report from GamesBeat, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has announced that E3 2022 will be held exclusively online this year. The Entertainment Software Association provided the following statement regarding this news:
“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022. We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
Further, it can also be assumed that the dangers of the Omicron variant of the virus have caused the ESA to be considerably more cautious for this year, presumably mimicking their ideology for last year’s E3 event also being exclusively held online. E3 2021 was a rather mixed affair, but that was primarily due to the quality of what was shown off. Still, hopefully with a second year of being online only, developers and publishers will find better ways to connect with audiences.
While this is purely speculation, the upcoming PAX East event being held this April and other events may cancel their in-person events due to the dangers of the virus. Regardless, we will simply have to wait and see what developments occur down the line.
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