This year's E3 has been canceled and instead many companies have organized a series of presentations to replace the event. Many gamers are wondering if this is the definitive end of this trade show. The answer to this question has just become very complicated.
- All because of a report by Department of Tourism of the City of Los Angeles. The document includes forecasts for the upcoming fair, which will be held in LA. You can read there that the data takes into account "canceled E3 fairs in 2024 and 2025."
- ESA, the organization in charge of organizing E3, never announced this. When the report became public, the group denied the information contained therein.
- Techraptor asked for a comment and received a statement in response, saying that the ESA is currently in discussions regarding a possible E3 2024.
So it appears that ESA will at least attempt to hold another E3 trade show. Whether it will succeed is a separate question. It is worth recalling that the group initially announced the return of the event this year. However, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo dropped out of participation, and shortly after Ubisoft joined them. The loss of all these exhibitors effectively undermined the point of this year's E3 and it was decided to cancel the event.
It is difficult to expect the situation to change next year. The biggest companies in the industry have switched to holding their own presentations and participating in large virtual events, such as the Summer Game Fest. It is therefore doubtful that they will want to return to older solutions.
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