With the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the world at the start of 2020, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) had no choice but to cancel last year’s E3. with a planned digital show not materializing. Given most of the world is still battling the dreaded disease, the odds of E3 2021 being a physical event is very, very slim.
It seems the ESA knows this and is planning an E3 2021 digital event! Documents pitching this idea has been sent to game publishers which has been seen by VGC, outlines what the company plans to do. The ESA plans to have two-hour keynote events from game company partners, an awards show, preview night, and smaller streams from game publishers, media partners and even influencers.
As for the game previews, which is the main point for media people to attend, the ESA plans to allow partner companies to stream playable game demos across “thousands” of scheduled meetings, with assistance from devs.
Before you pencil in E3 2021 in your calendar, VGC notes that this plan still requires the approval of ESA’s membership (made up by the video game industry’s biggest companies).
In a statement issed, the ESA confirmed that it is indeed planning stuff for this year’s E3, though they didn’t divulge specifics:
We can confirm that we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together.
This year’s E3 was originally scheduled to from June 15-17.