Not quite dead yet: ESA announces E3 return in 2023

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The Electronic Software Association (ESA) has announced that it will bring E3 out of the grave again next year. The traditional summer game event will return in 2023 as both a digital and in-person event.

ESA President Stan Pierre-Louis told the Washington Post on returning E3: “We are excited to return in 2023 with both a digital and in-person event. As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there’s a very strong desire for people to come together – to be able to connect face-to-face and see each other and talk about what makes games so great.”

The ESA held a digital E3 in 2021 and canceled it outright this year, ostensibly out of concern about the pandemic. This led to speculation that E3 was dead, given the plethora of game shows poised to replace it. However, it seems the ESA isn’t content to let it go.

The summer gaming events this year are mainly taken up by Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, the Xbox Showcase, and several other shows.

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