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E3 2022 Has Been Cancelled

E3 2022 Has Been Cancelled

By Ambia Staley

E3, one of the biggest video game conferences in the world just announced the complete cancellation of the event for 2022.

The 2022 conference was originally looking to be held online due to ongoing COVID-19 health risks, however a spokesperson from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on March 31 that the event will not happen at all -- both online and digital plans for E3 2022 have been cancelled.

This latest news may not be surprising to many gamers, as the conference has had hiccups over the past few years. In 2018, Sony announced it would be skipping E3 as it "continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," and the following year, Nintendo stopped giving live presentations, opting for a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentation instead.

COVID-19 came into play for the conference in 2020, causing the cancellation of E3 2020 that June due to 'overwhelming concerns' about the virus. E3 ended up returning in 2021, however the conference was held in a completely digital form for the first time.

A statement from the ESA states that "E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations" and in the meantime, the association will "devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer."

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