Documentation filed by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism that’s been dug up by gaming forum ResetEra appears to confirm that E3 2021 live event has been axed. While that’s not overly surprising given global circumstances, the annual convention is listed as “cancelled”, although apparently talks are ongoing regarding 2022 and 2023 events.
The Electronic Software Association, which organises E3, recently indicated that it had plans for a “digital-focused show”, and that’s alluded to in the aforementioned report; there’s a note which suggests that it’s working with the “production team on broadcast options” at the Los Angeles Convention Center and its adjacent LA Live space.
Of course, while coronavirus is to blame for E3’s second cancellation in as many years, question marks loom over the event itself. Sony pulled out of E3 2019, and has since hosted its own set of showcases and livestreams – including a State of Play earlier this week. It’ll be interesting to see how publishers take to the show once the world has restored some semblance of normality.