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E3 2022 Officially Cancelled

After previously canceling its in-person E3 2022 event, the ESA has now informed its partners that there will be no digital event equivalent this year either – meaning E3 2022 has been fully cancelled. The news broke via a tweet from Razer PR lead, Will Powers, who said that an email had been sent out announcing the cancellation of a digital E3 event. IGN has independently verified the contents of the email as well.

The ESA had initially planned for an in-person E3 event this year after having no event in 2020 due to COVID-19 and a digital one in 2021. However, this was cancelled in January, with the ESA unable to make a public statement on whether or not there would be a digital equivalent. According to sources speaking to IGN at the time, discussions around E3 had been fraught throughout the year, with third parties normally involved finding the ESA’s ongoing silence regarding their plans frustrating.

Sources connected to the event told IGN that discussions about a possible digital equivalent had been ongoing ever since, but without strong momentum to drive them. Instead, the ESA seems to be making plans to regroup for a larger comeback in 2023.

Update: The ESA has shared an official statement with IGN confirming E3 2022’s cancellation and announcing that E3 will return in 2023 with “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.

“We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”

The ESA adds that the 2022 showcase has been cancelled so the organization can “focus its resources” on the 2023 show.

We must admit to feeling very disappointed about this cancellation. Although there have been rumblings for many years now about the possibility of E3 being cancelled altogether, as more gaming companies focus on delivering their own (much cheaper) new game showcases. Let us know your thoughts below.

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