The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) revealed to IGN on Thursday that it has canceled this yr’s E3 occasion, and there won’t be an in-person or digital part. The ESA revealed that E3 will return in 2023 with “a reinvigorated showcase” “live from Los Angeles.” The ESA plans to “focus its resources” on the 2023 present.

The ESA had introduced the cancellation of the in-person E3 occasion in January on account of “health risks surrounding” the brand new coronavirus illness (COVID-19). At the time, the commerce affiliation didn’t but have plans for a digital/digital occasion for E3.

IGN beforehand reported in January that it has confirmed from a number of sources “tied to E3” that the ESA had already made the choice to not maintain an in-person occasion “possibly as far back” as fall 2021. The information website additionally confirmed with trade sources that firms had not heard about plans for any E3 occasion, whether or not bodily or digital, even when such plans would have usually been revealed by that time in prior years. According to IGN, the Los Angeles Convention Center by no means put the E3 2022 present in its present calendar, regardless of exhibits in previous years already being on the conference heart’s schedule over a yr prematurely.

The ESA held final yr’s E3 as a “reimagined” digital occasion in June 2021, after canceling its in-person occasion in February earlier that yr. The ESA canceled the bodily E3 2020 occasion, and didn’t maintain a web based occasion that yr.

The Los Angeles Convention Center additionally hosts Anime Expo, usually lower than a month after E3. Anime Expo beforehand introduced final yr that it’s going to return as a bodily in-person occasion on July 1-4 this yr, however it can require attendees to point out proof of vaccination or a destructive COVID-19 take a look at taken 72 hours previous to attending the occasion.

Source: IGN (Rebekah Valentine)