While it’s hard to believe, it’s already time to discuss E3 2021. With 2020’s show having been cancelled due to the pandemic, and moving to a digital type of format, there’s been a lot of discussion on how it should be presented in 2021.
With the pandemic still in a serious state globally, it seems the ESA is planning for a digital event again in 2021. Though according to the details shared so far (courtesy of VGC), it would be handled differently from 2020. Here’s what we know so far:
“The ESA’s intention is to hold multiple two-hour keynote sessions from games partners, an awards show, a June 14 preview night and other smaller streams from game publishers, influencers and media partners.”
- Going back to a core “3 day major event” style of E3 from June 15-17th
- Multiple 2 hour long keynotes for major partners/publishers similar to prior conferences
- A “preview night” on June 14th from smaller partners/publishers
- The core show would be supplemented by media previews in the weeks leading up to the show
- Plans are still to be reviewed and approved by the ESA Board
- Geoff Keighley will not be involved
We really miss E3, and game shows in general, so we’re happy to see it continuing. While we’re disappointed it won’t be in-person in 2021, we like the plans being discussed and will be paying close attention to this as it develops.