It looks like E3 2022 is canceled, with a return in 2023 planned

The Entertainment Software Association confirmed that it's canceling E3 2022, the second time this has happened in three years.


Several credible sources and industry insiders have questioned the status of this year's E3 event. After the ESA canceled E3 for the first time in 2020 and returned in 2021, only for the event to be universally panned, there was a feeling of unrest when ESA said E3 2022 would be an all-digital event.

Two cancellations in three years is not a good look for what used to be gaming's flagship conference.

After much speculation and rumors, the ESA has now cancelled E3 2022 entirely.

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The news comes from Razer's PR lead, Will powers, who revealed that he received an email from the ESA stating that the organization had canceled E3 2022. Since then, several other key figures and publications within the industry have come forward after receiving similar emails.

ESA planned to hold E3 2022 as an in-person affair before shifting towards an online-only exhibition back in January. Since then, several rumors have suggested the cancelation of E3 2022 in its entirety. Now that it's official, there are talks that E3 will be no more, forever.

E3 has experienced a steady decline in recent years. It certainly doesn't help that big-time publishers like Nintendo, Sony, and EA, have all elected to host their own showcases since leaving the event. Although people would have still probably tuned in to E3 2022 had it pushed through, it wouldn't have been as successful.

If it's any consolation, ESA isn't the only organization to cancel its flagship extravaganza. A few weeks ago, EA also dropped its plans for EA Play 2022 in favor of shining the spotlight on its games individually.

Also, Sony and Nintendo will still deliver with their usual slate of State of Play and Nintendo Direct, so it's not like fans have nothing to look forward to. Not to mention, the Summer Game Fest is still on track for June, and following last year's successful outing, Geoff Keighley's brainchild will more than suffice for an E3 replacement. All of this is to say that E3 2022 will not be missed.

Hopefully, the ESA can take notes on how the industry hasn't missed a beat without E3, and delivers on its promise to come back in 2023 "with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations."

E3 2023 is planned to be held in Los Angeles as a live event.
Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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