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E3 2021

Update: Post updated with the full announcement.

Original: It’s been announced that E3 2021 is set to return following a year-long absence. Several companies have confirmed their intent to attend, including Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media. However, it appears that Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, SEGA, Bandai Namco, and Square Enix will not be involved – at least as things stand now.

The ESA has yet to share full details about this year’s E3. It does note that developers will be “showcasing their latest news and games directly to fans around the world”. The ESA will be working with media to “amplify and make this content available to everyone for free”.

ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a statement:


In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it seems that E3 2021’s live event has been officially cancelled according to a report published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission. The official statement is as follows:


For the past couple of decades, E3 has been the biggest gaming event of the year. Publishers and developers come together to show off games with media events, playable demos, and more. But like most major events, E3 was scrapped last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show is now hoping to make a partial return in 2021.

VGC is reporting that “the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is pushing forward with plans for a digital event this summer, but it still requires the backing of major games companies.” Although the physical event has not yet been cancelled, “it’s understood that the digital show is now the focus for E3 2021, due to ongoing restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic.”

This year’s E3 would include the following:

E3 2020 isn’t happening, and as such, the ESA is turning its attention to next year’s show. E3 2021 will run between June 15 and June 17, the organization announced.

The ESA intends to hold a “reimagined” event next year. Naturally there isn’t much in the way of more significant information as we’re over a year out.

Previously, the ESA said it was “exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.” There have been no updates on that front, however.


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