E3 2021 will be held from 12 to 15 June. Organisers entertainment software association (ESA) announced that it will hold this year’s event online. Approved developers include Capcom, Konami, Nintendo, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Games and Xbox. Sony, on the other hand, has not announced its participation in this year’s event. Last year, ESA completely cancelled E3 due to the coronavirus outbreak. It was mentioned at the time that different routes would be taken after the cancellation decision.
E3 2021 goes digital
According to the published blog post, ESA will work with media partners globally to make the event free for all. As every year, developers will showcase their new games and news to consumers through E3 2021.
ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a statement: “We are transforming this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event. We will try to excite fans with great promotions and new opportunities that make this event an indispensable element.”
Since E3 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, this year’s E3 will be a completely digital event. The organizer also says they are working to continue the physical version of the fair in 2022. Therefore, we hope that physical activities will return at the end of the epidemic.
On the other hand, since there is no E3 in 2020, Canadian journalist Geoff Keighley organized the Summer Games Festival with various video game developers. Partnerships have been established with companies such as Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, CD Projekt Red, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Riot, Sony and Square Enix to bring a virtual game fair on behalf of everyone. Keighley organised the event at a time when there were no major gaming events such as Gamescom, GDC and SXSW. He also announced that the Summer Games Festival will return in June 2021.
Do you think the digital event decision is correct, or should the fair be cancelled this year? You can express your opinions in the comments.