It’s tough being a gamer these days. Between games being filled with bugs or flat out not even finished (looking at you Cyberpunk 2077) or certain gaming systems being almost impossible to come by (PS5!) the last 3 years has not been a shining moment for the industry.
Well I hate to break it to you gamers but 2022 ain’t looking that much better.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3 for short, is not happening at all this year but will return the summer of 2023, according to an announcement issued Thursday by the Entertainment Software Association.
The Entertainment Software Association issued a statement Thursday announcing the decision, noting that all of the organization’s energy and resources will be devoted to “delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer.”
Typically, E3 takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and draws over 66,000 attendees with over 200 exhibitors. Due to coronavirus concerns, the event took place virtually in 2021, with an online portal and app that featured exhibitor booths and game showcases.
However this year, the people behind E3 were just like, “Nah.”
Thursday’s statement continued: “E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations. 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.”
Well who knows, maybe by then Playstation will have figured out a way to make more PS5s instead of losing all their business to XBOX, Nintendo, Steam, and Oculus.