…and then there was no E3 2022 at all, not even in digital form

NEWSFLASH: There will be no E3 in 2022. No in-person E3, no all-digital E3… nothing. With the in-person edition canceled in January, fans of the event had high hopes for another Geoff Keighley-hosted trailer bonanza. But those hopes have been obliterated by the ESA, stating that they’ll rather invest time in next year’s edition.

Well… the ESA shouldn’t get all the blame for ruining your weekend here. Will Powers – Razer’s head of PR and not related to Austin whatsoever – broke the news on Twitter first. After confirmation from IGN, the ESA had no choice but to speak up and corroborate the story.

The statement made by the ESA reads:

“We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we announce that there will also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022.

Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.

We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”

The complete cancelation marks an awkward page in the history of E3, once the leading gaming event in the world. Even before COVID struck, the L.A.-based convention faced criticism for not being innovative enough. I guess canceling it altogether is pretty unique if you think about it.

If there’s one publisher who won’t lose any sleep over it, it’s EA. The publisher already announced that it won’t host its annual EA Play Live event this year.