Future of E3 Convention: The ESA Responds to Reports of Cancellations
In response to recent reports suggesting the cancellation of E3 2024 and E3 2025, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has addressed the speculation surrounding the future of the convention. While acknowledging the existence of discussions, the ESA clarified that no final decisions have been reached at this time.
Reports Surface Regarding E3 2024 and E3 2025
This week, leaked notes from a meeting packet of the Los Angeles City Tourism Board revealed interesting information. The summary of planned city conventions mentioned the possible cancellations of E3 for both 2024 and 2025.
Citing information from VGC, the ESA expressed that they are currently engaged in conversations about the future of E3. Their official statement reads, “ESA is currently having conversations about E3 2024 (and beyond), and no final decisions about the event have been made at this time.”
Uncertain Future of E3
E3 has faced uncertainties in recent years. In 2020, the convention did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, it became an online-only event. The situation persisted in 2022, leading to the cancellation of E3 that year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
E3 2023 had initially been scheduled to be held from June 13-16, but it too was canceled. The event organizer, ReedPop, cited a lack of “sustained interest” as the reason for its cancellation. According to them, the event did not generate the necessary momentum to showcase the true size, strength, and impact of the industry.