Recently, VGC published a number of information about E3 2021, confirmed as a digital event. On that day, we learned that ESA was still working on the formula, and was negotiating with the publishers to bring them in. According to GamesIndustry, things are moving forward.
Since then, ESA, the organiser of the show, has confirmed that the event will be free of charge, which should take place from 12 to 15 June 2021. It is not yet clear how things will unfold, but GamesIndustry risked announcing an initial list of participants, which was quickly confirmed by ESA in an official statement. Thus, our colleagues say that Nintendo, Microsoft, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media have already agreed.
For more than two decades, E3 has been the place to showcase the best of the video game industry, while uniting the world through games. We are turning this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but we will always look to excite fans with major revelations and insider opportunities that make this event the must-see 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 media are established – the digital format of E3 2021 means more people can participate than ever before, says Stanley Pierre-Louis, ESA’s President and CEO.
This indicates that, at this time, Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco and Square Enix will not be participating in E3 2021. There is still time to register, and it is likely that some of them will participate as well. On the other hand, we are more pessimistic about Sony and EA, which have become accustomed to presenting their projects outside the show, even though EA was set 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 appeared 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 unmissable event.