Recently, we received news that many of us have seen coming for some time. Despite announcing an in-person return in June of last year, the Entertainment Software Association has officially canceled E3 2023. The official E3 accounts confirmed this news. And now, according to the Board of Commissioners, which we saw via IGN, E3 has also been canceled for 2024 and 2025. However, the ESA has shared that they have not yet made any final decisions about the future of E3.
The last E3, or Electronic Entertainment Expo, took place in 2019. Then, of course, COVID-19 prevented them from occurring in the following years. E3 intended to return in person this year, with an event slated in Los Angeles in June. However, in recent history, big gaming companies such as Nintendo, PlayStation, XBox, and Ubisoft revealed they would not attend. This, of course, caused a swirl of rumors that E3 would not take place as planned.
IGN shares that the Entertainment Software Association sent an email to its members noting that the 2023 event “simply did not garner the sustained interest necessary to execute it in a way that would showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry.” As of what we can discern, neither the email nor the official announcement shared whether E3 would seek to return in the future. Most recently, a representative from ESA noted, “ESA is currently in conversation with ESA members and other stakeholders about E3 2024 (and beyond), and no final decisions about the events have been made at this time.”
Although the indication of “E3 cancellations for 2024 & 2025” by the Los Angeles Tourism Board of Commissioners is not a positive sign, it’s possible the convention could return elsewhere or differently. Only time will tell. Most likely, we will not know for sure until next spring. E3 2024 has a scheduled date of June 11.
Regardless of the future, E3, once one of the central events of the video game industry, has been canceled, for now… And possibly for later.
Originally published on March 30, 2023.