E3 2021 has been canceled – well, at least its in-person event has. We already suspected that there would be no live Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming event in 2021, but documents from LA City now seem to confirm that this is the case.
Posted on Resetera (thanks GamesRadar), LA City notes in its agenda – ahead of an upcoming meeting on March 3 regarding conventions taking place in the city in 2021 – that E3 2021 is a “cancelled live event in 2021.” While the agenda does not confirm exactly why the event is being canceled, it is almost certainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While there may not be a physical E3 this year, it looks like we may be in for a fully digital E3 this year. As reported by VGC, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which organizes E3, has outlined proposals for E3 2021 to take place digitally over three days between June 15 and 17.
According to the proposal, this digital event would include live streaming during those days, consisting of “multiple two-hour keynote sessions from games partners, an awards show, a preview night on June 14 and other smaller streams from games publishers, influencers and media partners.”
In addition, demos would be released online and media could preview games from the event the week before via remotely playable streams.
However, the ESA’s plan is dependent on the support of game publishers. Last year, E3 2020 was cancelled altogether, despite the ESA saying it planned to hold the event virtually. The reason? Most developers and publishers were holding their own online livestreams and unveilings instead.
The digital event did not go ahead, and instead fans tuned in to E3 alumni Geoff Keighley’s four-month Summer Games Fest – which has been confirmed to return in 2021 – and a host of other digital showcases.
It looks like we’ll soon get a final word on whether the E3 2021 digital event will go ahead, as the ESA told FCC, “We’re having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.”
E3 2021 has reportedly been canceled