The world's biggest gaming expo E3 will return this year as a digital event, ESA officially announced. The event is backed by Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Capcom but not Sony, who will once again be absent from the show.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have officially unveiled their plans for a reimagined, all-virtual E3 2021. The event will take place from June 12 through June 15, 2021.
The company revealed that E3 2021 will be backed by the industry giants like Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. Additionally, ESA state that more publishers will join the lineup.
Interestingly, the ESA state that they will be working with media partners globally to "help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free", which suggests that recent reports about a paid event may have been true after all.
"For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer while uniting the world through games," said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. "We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable centre stage for video games."
The ESA also say they "look forward to coming back together to celebrate E3 2022 in-person" confirming that fans will be able to attend the show physically in 2022, which is certainly great news.