E3 — one of many largest online game commerce reveals of the yr — will as soon as once more be an online-only occasion this summer time, the ESA has introduced, citing ongoing considerations across the COVID-19 pandemic. The information, first reported by VentureBeat, marks the third yr in a row that E3 can have skipped its in-person occasion as a result of pandemic.

“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,” the ESA commented in a press release to VentureBeat. “We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”

The ESA had initially deliberate to carry again E3 as an in-person convention in 2022, saying in April 2021 (when it formally moved that yr’s convention to a digital occasion) that “the ESA looks forward to coming back together to celebrate E3 2022 in person.” However with the onset of the omicron variant and case numbers surging in the US, the ESA seems to have determined that it’s not well worth the danger of internet hosting a convention filled with hundreds of journalists, recreation builders, and followers this summer time.

E3’s cancellation of an in-person occasion is the newest in a sequence of main occasions which have been derailed by COVID’s newest surge: the Grammys awards present was simply indefinitely postponed from its unique January thirty first date, whereas the Sundance Movie Competition can also be going online-only, too.

The ESA isn’t the one one trying ahead to summer time gaming occasions; shortly after the information that E3 2022 could be a digital occasion, gaming trade persona Geoff Keighley introduced that his personal “Summer Games Fest” occasion (which itself strove to fill the house left by E3’s cancellation in 2020) would even be returning in 2022.

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