The world’s leading video game trade will return in June as a free, virtual event after the annual gathering was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) store talks and game releases will only be online in a show that will take place from June 12 through June 15, the Entertainment Software Association announced Tuesday.
The event had typically involved wrapping up the Los Angeles Convention Center with costume characters; game scene recreations, and opportunities to play titles ready for release.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to see the best that the video game industry has to offer,” said association chief Stanley Pierre-Louis in a release.
“We’ve evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to delight fans with great revelations and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center for video games.”
The list of companies already signing up to participate in E3 this year included Nintendo, Microsoft, and French video game titan Ubisoft.
Central to the roster was Sony and its popular PlayStation console that competes with Nintendo’s Switch and Xbox by Microsoft.
E3 has been an example for new video games, trends and hardware, attracting people from all over the world.
The event has long been limited to members of the