E3: in the future the show will return to physical, but it will not abandon the digital

E3: in the future the show will return to physical, but it will not abandon the digital


E3, in the coming years, could take a different form: in fact, the well-known videogame fair could turn into both a physical and digital event. This was stated by the president of the Entertainment Software Association, Stanley Pierre-Louis. On the other hand, the testing ground will be this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo which, following the cancellation of the previous edition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has taken on a completely digital form. Pierre-Louis stated the following, regarding the upcoming event:

“[…] I think it provides a truly unique opportunity to learn what we can apply to future events which are likely to be a mix of physical and digital. But this is yet to be established. We need to understand which direction we will take. The form has yet to be determined, and we hope to learn from this year's event what will go well. I can't talk about future events because we really want to focus on the current one, and make sure it's a great experience for exhibitors, media and fans, "he concluded.

E3 2021, testing ground for future events is almost upon us: tonight, instead, it will be the turn of Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest, the videogame event conceived by the father of the Game Awards. To know the dates and times of all the conferences, consult this article, as well as our special page, so as not to miss details and news.

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E3 Faces Rivals And Splintering Interest In An All-Digital 2021

E3 2021 is about to kick off in a week, and after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, restrictions and uncertainty during the planning phases have turned it into an all-digital event. That means everyone, fans, press, developers, will all be consuming the entire thing online.

E3 has struggled in recent years to retain the interest of a contingent of larger industry parties, and in an all-digital year, that divide is amplified.

In short, many developers and publishers believe they no longer need to debut footage under the banner of E3 with a big stage show (real or virtual). That’s led to a slew of announcements in the “E3 window,” but many outside of the show itself. It also now boasts a not-insignificant rival, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, an ongoing show full of premieres that will air in the days before E3 and try to steal some of its thunder. Keighley has already crafted the “Winter E3,” the Game Awards, which has grown so large, it was even the venue Microsoft decided to debut the Xbox Series X at for the first time.

As for other defectors? Over the past few years, E3 has lost Sony, EA and Activision specifically.

Sony usually has its own games showcases, and have taken to just posting things like 20 minutes of gameplay of Horizon Forbidden West to own 48 hours of news cycles with little effort.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Game enthusiasts and Industry personal take photographs at the ... [+] Nintendo exhibit during the E3 Video Game Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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EA has EA Play, its own standalone show, and they’ve already started generating buzz with a new Battlefield 2042 trailer this week.

Activision has BlizzCon most years for that portion of its catalogue, but in 2021 they said they aren’t bringing Call of Duty to say, the Microsoft show or anything like that as they have in the past. They will instead debut this fall’s installment inside Warzone later this year. Times are changing.

Microsoft seems to have enjoyed remaining a fixture of E3 and running the show with the most traditional stage show that’s really left in the entire endeavor. Nintendo has been producing only not-live Directs and then doing their Treehouse event in recent years.

It’s an interesting time for E3, but it no longer seems like the hard and fast deadline developers need to hit to show something off, in many cases. I go into all this more in the video above.

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