E3 Expo 2022 was originally planned as an in-person event, but due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic the organisers have taken the decision to make this summers event online-only.
The news, first reported by VentureBeat, marks the third year in a row that E3 will have skipped its in-person event due to the pandemic.
“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,” the ESA commented in a statement to VentureBeat. “We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
E3’s cancellation of an in-person event is the latest in a series of major events that have been derailed by COVID’s latest surge: the Grammys awards show was just indefinitely postponed from its original January 31st date, while the Sundance Film Festival is also going online-only, too.
The ESA isn’t the only one looking forward to summer gaming events; shortly after the news that E3 2022 would be a virtual event, gaming industry personality Geoff Keighley announced that his own “Summer Games Fest” event (which itself strove to fill the space left by E3’s cancellation in 2020) would also be returning in 2022.
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