E3 2021’s Physical Event Officially Cancelled

E3 2021 Edition has its physical event cancelled according to a document released by the LA Convention and Tourism Development Commission.

In a document found by VGC, the E3, set to June 15-17, will have it’s 2021 edition cancelled. At least in its physical format. The same documents also inform that the city of LA is working with the E3 production team, the Entertainment Software Association, on broadcast options at LA Live/LACC.

Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission

The reason for the cancellation wasn’t revealed, but there is a strong assumption that it’s due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If that is correct, it’ll be the second year E3 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, without the E3 option to announce new games and other updates, many publishers and developers did their own virtual events.

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According to VGC, the ESA has been planning a digital E3 event this summer, but it still requires the backing of major games companies. The possibility of a digital event follows a statement gave by ESA to IGN.

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. We are having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.’


As stated by VGC and ESA’s proposal, the reconstructed E3 event would include media previews the week before and demos released on consumer platforms. However, it still lacks the approval of ESA’s membership, the industry’s biggest games companies.

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Yet, the pressure to reinvent E3 is older than the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years, publishers like EA, Sony and Activision quit the event.

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