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E3 may never return as physical event

Published: 08:47, 07 January 2022
KotakuAustralia
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E3 2019

 Reports claim that ESA quietly shut down the possibility of hosting a physical E3 this year.

By the looks of it, E3 2022 will be a digital event just like the previous two shows. ESA revealed in a statement that this year's event won't have any in-person shows due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. 

Shortly after the statement from ESA, we got a couple of reports from industry journalists, claiming that the plans for physical E3 were scrapped months ago suggesting that ESA never really had an intention of hosting the in-person event this year.  

"Multiple folks told me their understanding was that the physical event had been quietly cancelled months ago," said IGN's Rebekah Valentine

What's even more interesting is that according to Valentine, ESA are yet to confirm the digital event so there's a chance we might not have an E3 at all this year. 

"To clear up confusion, the ESA said absolutely nothing about a digital event, and when pressed they couldn't confirm one. All they said was the in-person event was cancelled. That doesn't rule out a digital E3, but as of now one has not been announced and no dates have been given."

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Whatever the case is, E3 and ESA are in a really bad position and the future of the event is certainly starting to look more uncertain with each passing year. 

It remains to be seen how some of the industry's biggest publishers respond. It's entirely possible that Xbox announce a totally separate show, which would mean that E3 is losing another major presenter. 

But as always with unconfirmed reports take everything with a grain of salt, until we get official info from ESA.

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