E3 confirms it will return with “a digital and an in-person event” in 2023

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) president Stan Pierre-Louis has reiterated that E3 will be totally returning in 2023.

Pierre-Louis made the feedback in an interview with the Washington Post yesterday (June 7), after it was introduced earlier this yr that E3 2022 had been cancelled in its entirety.

“We’re excited about coming back in 2023 with both a digital and an in-person event,” mentioned Pierre-Louis. “As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there’s a really strong desire for people to convene — to be able to connect in person and see each other and talk about what makes games great.”

E3. Credit: Christian Petersen / Gettyimages.
E3. Credit: Christian Petersen / Gettyimages.

Since its cancellation, this yr’s occasion has primarily been changed by Summer Game Fest, which has partnered with numerous trade firms and occasions to have a few weeks in June packed with showcases and reveals. E3’s final in-person occasion was held in 2019, which additionally means 2023 will be the top of a three-year hiatus.

When requested concerning the rising hybrid-style of present showcases between smaller press occasions and on-line reveals, Pierre-Louis expressed how they suppose E3 can discover a steadiness.

“I think what’s great about all this experimentation is that companies of all sizes are trying to figure out what works best to promote the product and the content that they are looking to share with consumers,” mentioned Pierre-Louis. “And I think there is a space for a physical show; I think there’s an importance of having digital reach. Combining those two, I think there is a critical element of what we think E3 can provide.”

In different information, Geoff Keighley has mentioned he’d prefer to see gaming subscription companies provide extra, shorter titles.

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