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While the Omicron variant is rampant, the event (again) will be online only

While the Omicron variant is rampant, the event (again) will be online only

THAT I declare that l’E3, one of the most important video game fairs of the year, it will once again be a online event this summer, citing lingering fears about the COVID-19 outbreak. There pandemic he has forced E3 cancel your in-person event for the third year in a row, according to VentureBeat.

‘E3 will not be staying in person at the 2022 due to the persistent health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its own possible impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees’, said ESA in a statement at VentureBeat. ‘However, we are excited about the future of E3 and look forward to share more details early.’

E3 2022 won’t be the only online video game event

ESA had originally planned reintroduce E3 as an in-person conference in 2022, stating in April 2021 that ‘ESA was looking forward to getting back together to celebrate E3 2022 in person.’ With the appearance of the omicron variant and the increase in the number of cases in the United States, the ESA seems to have decided that to host a conference full of thousands of journalists, developers from games and fan this summer is not worth the risk.

The postponement of an in-person event by E3 is the latest in a series of major events derailed by the latest wave of COVID – the ceremony of the Grammy awards it has just been postponed indefinitely from the starting date of January 31st.

ESA isn’t the only one pushing new in-person events when it comes to video games; shortly after the announcement that E3 2022 would be a virtual event, Geoff Keighley announced that his too ‘Summer Games Fest’ event (which aimed to fill the void left by the cancellation of E3 in 2020) would return in 2022.