The American video game trade body, the Entertainment Software Association, has dropped its plans for E3 this year.
In a post on its website, the organization said it was withdrawing its digital plans for the Los Angeles show this year. The ESA had previously suspended the physical event for this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it has also dropped its online replacement.
The trade body promises to bring E3 back in 2023.
“We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19. Today we are announcing that there will also be no digital showcase of the event. ‘E3 in 2022,’ ESA wrote.
“Instead, we will devote all of our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the living room or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring together the community, media and the industry in a whole new format and interactive experience.”
E3 has been in trouble for a while now, but the coronavirus pandemic has compounded the show’s problems. In 2020, the event was completely canceled due to health concerns, while 2021 saw E3 take place digitally. It’s unclear why ESA decided not to continue its online showcase this year.