E3 2022 physical event canceled due to COVID [Update]

E3 2022 online covid

For the third year in a row, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial outbreak in 2020 led to the video game trade show being canceled, and many studios chose to hold their own independent events over the summer. E3 returned as an online-only event in 2021, and it will take that form once again in 2022.

Update [4:48 pm EST]: While GamesBeat initially reported that E3 2022 would be online-only, that may not be the case. It’s possible that the event is canceled altogether. Following the initial report, IGN reached out to the ESA for a statement. In response, the ESA told IGN that they can not confirm a digital event at this time. They can only confirm that the physical event has been canceled. A digital event may still happen, but the ESA is unwilling to commit to it at this time.

Original article:

E3 2022 goes online only due to COVID

The Entertainment Software Association is in charge of organizing E3 each year. Although it’s still five months away, the spikes in COVID cases led them to shift E3 2022 to an online-only event, which they confirmed in a statement to GamesBeat.

Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022. We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.

Planning a live, in-person event with all of gaming’s biggest brands is a complicated process. It requires months of preparation, and COVID presents many challenges and unknowns. It seems the ESA would rather just play it safe and commit to an online-only show right now. It’s quite a bit easier to coordinate a few days of livestreams. Last year there was also an attempt at a “virtual show floor,” but it amounted to little more than a buggy messageboard.


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.