E3 is going Digital this Summer


Boston Wu, Junior

Due to the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s (E3) 2020 event was canceled, leaving thousands of fans in disappointment as they missed the chance to see what the gaming industry has in store for them. 

However, to make up for last year, E3 has decided to host its cherished event this summer on June 12th. E3 is the largest annual gaming conference in all of North America, where companies such as Nintendo, Sony and Xbox come together to give fans an insight into what they have planned for the near future. According to Nogales High School Junior Cesar Ramirez, while the event “… always takes place in downtown LA, it never fails to pull in diverse people, ranging from game developers, to press and thousands of fans.” 

Even though last year’s event was canceled in April, it was quickly substituted with Geoff Keighly’s “Summer Game Fest” to inform fans of future games, which revealed release dates and development progress for certain games in E3’s stead. 

To make up for last year’s letdown, Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis stated that he refuses to cancel the biggest gaming event of the year and disappoint fans around the world. The organization is currently working to evolve, “…this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event” that will still give fans the same experience as they continue to amaze us with new reveals. 

Luckily for us, this year’s show will take place— except that the event will be online-only, being backed and attended by companies such as Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media. Aside from that, little information has been revealed to the public. 

While it is disappointing that we can’t experience the event in-person as we have for the past two decades, it has been confirmed that E3 will be an online event for this year only— meaning that E3 2022 is expected to be an in-person event next summer.