In-person E3 is being canceled for the third straight year.
As announced by the ESA, “E3 will not be held in person in 2022” because of the ongoing pandemic and the variability of COVID-19. In particular, the ESA cited the “potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees.”
This announcement is one of the earliest cancellations of the 2022 conference schedule. Even CES 2022 held its conference in person for attendees willing to show up and that is amid one of the highest surges of COVID-19 in the US to date.
In the press release, the ESA just stated that they “remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.” There is no direct news of a replacement online E3 just yet.
In 2020, E3 was outright canceled and in 2021, E3 went fully digital. Summer Games Fest by Geoff Keighley supplemented summer gaming news in both years.