E3 2021’s In-Person Events Reportedly Being Canceled


COVID-19 has caused problems across the world for an entire year now, and while things seem to be getting better the world still isn’t completely back to normal. People are still stuck inside in certain regions, with large-group events still limiting capacity due to the ongoing pandemic. E3 2021 appears to be looking to follow a similar path, canceling the anticipated physical event for the second year in a row.

Last year’s E3 was canceled altogether with various developers doing their own announcements in a digital format. This year it looks like E3 is going to try something similar to many other events that occurred by providing a digital lineup of announcements. The Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission recently released a report that listed the physical E3 event as a “canceled live event,” but also states that the convention board is working with the ESA, E3’s event organizer on broadcasting options at the convention center. The City Board also claims that they’re working on licensing the E3 event in both 2022 and 2023.


According to E3 2021 pitch documents, the ESA has outlined proposals for a full 3 days of livestream coverage for the previously announced days that the physical event would normally be held. The proposal also indicates that there would be media previews the week before, though whether the ESA manages to get enough developers on board for the event remains to be seen. It appears that many publishing outlets were planning on operating under the assumption that the physical E3 would be canceled. With the amount of success that developers saw running their own events throughout last year it’s possible, they may try to do the same this year as well though nothing has been confirmed quite yet.

We can confirm that we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together. We are having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.”

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