E3 2022: Is the video game industry’s biggest event canceled?

WWith the vaccination campaigns promoted around the world and the Omicron variant gaining ground among the population, video game fans around the world were hoping that E3 2022, the largest video game event in the United States, would be held in person. That said, the Omicron variant has changed the landscape and as a result E3 2022 will be a fully digital event.

“Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not take place in person in 2022,” says an official statement released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). “We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”

ESAthe decision of is probably a response to the brutality of the criticism Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was for their in-person event this year, although most of the major exhibitions canceled in-person appearances and decided to hold their conferences online. Due to the alarming increase in the number of positive cases caused by the Omicron variant, the technological event could become a possible point of contagion.

Second year in a row

This means the show will take place online for the second year in a row, as concerns over COVID-19 pushed the June 2021 show to an online-only event and completely plunged the 2020 event.

While E3 is still months away and the current peak may be over by then, it draws more than 50,000 industry people and 15,000 in-person fans to the Los Angeles Convention Center, it makes sense for ESA and the companies involved in the convention not to risk the participants.

This means that E3 2022 will again consist of a series of pre-recorded lectures by major developers such as Xbox and Nintendo. Fans and media all over the world can watch their content and announcements through the various online streaming services; E3 2022 should be completely free.

At the moment, it has not been announced which companies will join the event and which will prefer to hold separate exhibitions, as E3 is less and less important each year. This year’s edition of E3 doesn’t have a date set yet, but don’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen at all, as more and more big events, awards ceremonies and concerts begin. to announce date changes and official cancellations.

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