It seems that the age-old holiday and queen of E3 gaming events has come to an end. Already in January on the basis information insiders speculated that this year’s E3 will not take place in digital form either. Now this speculation is reappearing, but according to the interplay of events, it seems that it is not just speculation. Razer’s chief PR manager Will Powers was the first to come up with this information. “I just received an email, E3 2022 has been officially canceled. I have a lot of mixed emotions… “
Just got an email… It’s official, E3 digital is official cancelled for 2022. Lots of mixed feelings about this…— Will Powers NYC (@WillJPowers) March 31, 2022
It might not mean that much in itself, but at virtually the same moment on Geoff Keighley on Twitter wrote one message, a winking smiley. This was underlined by another tweet in which he announced that the Summer Game Fest would take place again in June. While last year it was de facto part of E3, it can be expected that this year it will be a separate event. The position of Keighley and his The Game Awards was underlined by the December ceremony, where a lot of games were announced and his viewership increased sharply. Combined with the fact that E3 has lost its power and exhibitors from year to year, this is not so surprising.
IGN reporter Rebekah Valentine subsequently confirmed this information. “I can independently confirm that E3 2022 is officially canceled. It’s not so surprising, given the fact that ESA never officially announced it this year and always answered questions evasively. “
As has already been said, this is not surprising. During the covid, companies learned to take full advantage of the power of their own streams and presentations without the physical presence of journalists and viewers. If, in addition to the individual press conferences of the big players, Summer Game Fest offers the possibility of further presentation of titles, it must be said that E3 will lose its meaning, except perhaps one thing, and that is networking, which has always been invisible but important to the public. However, networking can replace a combination of GDC and Cologne gamescom.
Was able to independently confirm that E3 2022 is fully canceled now. Unsurprising given that they never actually confirmed they were doing a digital event in the first place and were so cagey when we asked them about it.https://t.co/DRHMhwfbyg— Rebekah Valentine (@duckvalentine) March 31, 2022
We can say with 99% certainty that this year’s E3 really will not be. We don’t seem to be deprived of a big event, because at least Summer Game Fest will offer this. The question, however, is whether E3 will return. According to Valentine’s organizers from ESA are preparing for a big return next year. But what if the gaming industry finds out that it doesn’t need an expensive lease or ESA itself to make its own big presentations?
Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.
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