E3 will go digital this summer, will come back in person next year


E3 2021 will take place this year from June 12-15 as a free, “redesigned, completely virtual” event, the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Organizers announced that the lineup will include companies such as Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive and Warner Bros. Games. Sony is notably missing from that list so far.

E3, North America’s largest annual conference of gaming, typically takes place in downtown LA every June and attracts a mix of developers, press and consumers. Last year’s event was canceled in April due to COVID-19. In his absence, Geoff Keighley launched Summer Game Fest in collaboration with many developers to deliver game revelations and news; the digital event will also return in June.

E3 is expected to resume in person next summer.

ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis says the organization “evolves this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event” that will still feature game revelations and news. The organization confirmed in February that it would hold an online event only this year.