Attributable to COVID-19, E3 by no means occurred final 12 months, and this 12 months? It is all digital. Whereas the neighborhood has differing opinions about the place the ESA ought to take this showcase subsequent, and even whether or not or to not proceed it, it seems like there could also be a center floor reached concerning the way forward for E3. In line with a current assertion made by the president of ESA, the subsequent E3 seems prefer it might be a hybrid showcase, mixing on-line with in-person celebrations.
E3 2021 kicks off this weekend, and whereas it’s utterly digital, which means it is also free. The showcase has solely change into open to the general public in recent times. Previously, E3 has all the time been a devoted, in-person occasion for video games media and different business figures. On the identical time, the neighborhood at massive has celebrated gaming from afar by watching the showcases on-line. Earlier than COVID, ESA made the change to make the occasion open to the general public, permitting players to return onto the showroom flooring and expertise the way forward for gaming alongside these working within the business.
“This can present us with a possibility to current to members of the business, media, and followers a possibility to take part totally, and I feel that gives a extremely distinctive alternative to be taught this 12 months what we are able to apply to future occasions that can most likely be a mixture of bodily and digital,” stated Leisure Software program Affiliation president Stanley Pierre-Louis GamesIndustry. “However that’s to be decided. We’ve bought to determine the place all of us are shifting ahead.”
He additionally added that the core focus of the ESA is to stay hyper targeted on this 12 months’s occasion. Being digital, so much can go mistaken. Technical difficulties often occur on the worst time. That, and there may be extra competitors on this area than there was prior to now, particularly with EA Play, Sony doing their very own factor, and the Summer season Sport Fest securing a place within the information rotation for the Summer season.
“The form of that’s but to be decided, and we hope to be taught from this 12 months’s occasion what transfers properly,” he added. “I can’t converse to future E3s as a result of we actually wish to give attention to E3 2021 and guarantee it is a nice expertise for exhibitors, the media, and followers alike.”
Will probably be fascinating to see the place E3 goes from right here. With a rise in focus for content material creators and increasingly packages popping out to make on-line content material significant because of the pandemic, the query stays: is E3 even wanted? You determine within the remark part under!