E3 2021: Which publishers will participate in the event?

E3 2021: Which publishers will participate in the event?

E3 2021

Since then, the ESA, organizer of the show, has confirmed the free admission of the event, which should take place from June 12 to 15, 2021. We do not yet know exactly how things will unfold, but GamesIndustry took a risk. to announce a first list of participants, very quickly confirmed by ESA in an official press release. Thus, our colleagues indicate that Nintendo, Microsoft, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media have already given their agreement.

For over two decades, E3 has been the premier venue for showcasing the best of the gaming industry, while uniting the world through gaming. We're turning this year's E3 into a more inclusive event, but we'll always be looking to excite fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the go-to video game scene. While maintaining E3's long-standing position as a central destination for networking in the industry - where new partnerships and connections between video game publishers, developers and the media are established - the format Digital E3 2021 means more people than ever can participate, says Stanley Pierre-Louis, ESA President and CEO.

This indicates that, at the moment, Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco and Square Enix will not be attending E3 2021. There is still time to register, and there is it's a safe bet that some of them will also participate. On the other hand, we are more pessimistic about Sony and EA, who have gotten into the habit of presenting their projects outside the show, even if EA was setting up right next to the Convention Center, shortly before the official opening of E3. . However, ESA will have a lot to do with the competition that emerged last year. We think in particular of the Summer Game Fest, organized by a Geoff Keighley who managed to impose the Game Awards as an essential event.

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has confirmed its plans for this year’s E3. After canceling last year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESA is bringing back E3 as an all-digital show that will be completely free to virtually attend. It will take place between June 12th and 15th.

Nintendo and Xbox are among the big names who’ll be part of E3, along with Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. The ESA says there will be more additions to that lineup, but as it stands, the notable omissions include Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, Sega and Bandai Namco. Sony skipped E3 2019 and was going to do the same last year, so it wouldn’t be surprising for the company to forego this year’s edition as well.

a close up of a sign: <a href="https://www.geekinco.com/2021/02/e3-2021-live-event-from-los-angeles.html">LOS ANGELES</a>, CA - JUNE 12: Welcome signage from main entrance of Annual E3 Event Showcases Video Game Industry © ESPAT Media via Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Welcome signage from main entrance of Annual E3 Event Showcases Video Game Industry's Latest Products on June 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Garcia/ESPAT Media/Getty Images)

There has been lots of discussion about the future of E3 over the last year or so, and whether the event still has a viable place in the industry. In the absence of E3 2020, many developers and publishers ran their own digital showcases and others got some shine from the likes of Summer Game Fest. However, the ESA is planning to hold E3 2022 as an in-person event, so it’s clearly confident that the trade show will remain a fixture of the gaming calendar.