After previously canceling its in-person E3 2022 event, the ESA has now informed its partners that there will be no digital event equivalent this year either – meaning E3 2022 has been fully cancelled.
The news broke via the tweet from Razer PR lead Will Powers, who said that an email had been sent out announcing the cancellation of a digital E3 event. IGN has independently verified the contents of the email as well.
The ESA initially had planned for an in-person E3 event this year after having no event in 2020 due to COVID-19 and a digital one in 2021. However, this was canceled in January, with the ESA at the time unable to make a public statement on whether or not there would be a digital equivalent. According to sources speaking to IGN at the time, discussions around E3 had been fraught throughout the year, with third parties normally involved finding the ESA’s ongoing silence regarding their frustrating plans.
Sources connected to the event tell IGN that discussions about a possible digital equivalent have been ongoing ever since, but without strong momentum to drive them. Instead, the ESA seems to be making plans to regroup for a larger comeback in 2023.
IGN has reached out to the ESA for comment.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her her on Twitter @duckvalentine.