It’s Official, The ESA Has Canceled E3 In Full

Even the digital version won’t be happening.

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor March 31, 2022
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E3 Canceled

If you were planning to set time aside to watch E3 this year, you can now make other plans. The ESA officially canceled all versions of the event. Yes, even the digital one that was being floated around. It is "canceled canceled" as Razer PR Lead Will Powers explained in a Twitter thread where he revealed he’d received an email announcing the official cancellation.

It might, however, be more accurate to say that the digital event hasn’t been canceled but just isn't happening. The ESA never actually announced a digital version was going to take place to begin with, they were discussing the idea. The organization had planned at one point to return to in-person events but scratched that idea in January. They did not state at the time if they had plans to do a digital event instead. In fact, according to IGN, the organization hadn’t even been communicating its plans to third-party groups generally involved in the event.

Reports are that the ESA now plans to make a big comeback in 2023, but the question at this point is, is that even necessary? In a world where any video game company can share announcements via social media, streams, and any other digital method whenever they feel it's appropriate, is E3 really that important?

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

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