The Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) 2021 is scheduled to take place from the 12th-15th of June as what the organisers are calling a free, “reimagined, all-virtual” event.
As per the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), companies like Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros, Konami and Ubisoft are the ones who have made early commitments.
The event is a platform for developers to showcase their latest games and gaming wares directly to billions of fans across the globe.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer while uniting the world through games,” Stanley Pierre-Louis, President and CEO of the ESA, said in a statement.
“We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable centre stage for video games.”
The all-virtual format of the event means that there will be more participation this time around, ESA said.
The organisers have decided to follow this format due to the rise in COVID-19 cases globally and the restrictions that have been put in place. The organisers said that they are optimistic about coming back in 2022 to attend the event in person. They had to cancel the same in 2020.
Many flagship evets have taken the virtual route ever since the pandemic hit. To curb the surge of COVID cases, companies are organising events virtually which has not only resulted in more engagement but also helped major tech giants make big announcements without delays.