Although the original plan was to bring the videogaming fair back to Los Angeles, the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2022 (E3) will take place exclusively online. The decision taken by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is due to the increasing number of Coronavirus infected following the spread of the Omicron variant.
“Because of the continued health risks associated with the VOCID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and participants, the E3 will not be held in person in 2022,” ESA confirmed in a note addressed to GamesBeat. “We are still excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
This means that the videogaming show will be held online this summer for the second consecutive year, after the show in June 2021 has already become a virtual event and the total cancellation of the 2020 edition. ESA, a commercial group led by publishers of the Videgiochi industry, obviously wants to be cautious after the vigorous spread of Coronavirus infected by the Omicron variant.
The organisers of the CES 2022, who have already been the stage for the new PlayStation VR 2 presentation, have received fierce criticism for choosing to hold their own technological event in person, despite the worrying number of infections.