New year, old story: the pandemic does not diminish and affects even the most important international fairs and events. The most recent test came with a CES 2022 crippled by the numerous companies that preferred to give up their participation in the presence. In the past few hours, the organizers of E3, one of the main events dedicated to video games, have also confirmed that also the 2022 edition will be held only in virtual form.
The same decision was made last year but knowing now (January) that an event set for early summer will continue to prefer the virtual formula is not encouraging, because it suggests that there will be no conditions to returning for many months to come. participation in the presence. The organizers confirm the news to VentureBeat colleagues:
Due to the ongoing health risks related to Covid-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 2022 will not be held in attendance. We are still excited about the future of E3 and can’t wait to announce new details soon.
Therefore, ESA’s intentions jump, which in April last year announced its willingness to return to organize an event that would have physically welcomed participants and exhibitors again, instead everything continues to be virtual. Of course, the organizers cannot be reproached as the trend of the pandemic is unpredictable and the emergence of very contagious variants, such as Omicron, can change the world scenario in a few weeks.
The announcements anyway they will not fail, as well as will not miss other events dedicated to the world of video games set for the summer months: shortly after the news of E3 2022 in virtual form, Geoff Keighley confirmed the 2022 edition of the Summer Game Fest, an event that in 2020 filled the void of the cancellation of E3 (remember that in 2020 the ESA event was not even held in virtual form).