The rising number of Omicron cases across the United States of America, les to the organizers deciding that the E3 will not be an in person event, this year, as well.
The Entertainment Software Association, in a statement that it has sent over to IGN, has said, “Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022. We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
Last year’s event, which was held from June 12, 2021 to June 15, 2021, too was an entirely online affair. However, we still do not know whether the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will be sponsoring for an entirely digital event. But the association has told IGN that it cannot confirm details on this yet.
E3 Shifts To Online Only Event, Again
This news comes on the heels of the CES 2022 just wrapping up it’s in person tech conference that took place in Las Vegas. However, this decision too came with its share of concern as well as controversy. With the daily rise in the Omicron cases, all across the USA, several tech media as well as companies pulled out from this showcase.
Now, if we look at a typical E3, the event covers the software, console and entertainment industries. The event has always drawn hordes of attendees and hundreds and hundreds of exhibitors. As of 2019, when the expo was last held in person, the expo had about sixty six thousand attendees. Since then, the tech expo has been held entirely online, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, globally.
The site for E3 has yet to reflect the announcement. However, with as things stand, and the rising fears for the surge in Omicron cases, this early call on the Entertainment Software Association, allows them to avoid the embarrassment that would have been brought on by companies pulling out of the showcase and the media outlets not arriving to cover the event, at the last moment, like it had happened at the CES 2022.
We will keep posting any updates and latest developments on the E3 as and when the Entertainment Software Association reveals any further details on its stance for the tech expo. Do keep an eye out on our space for more!