E3 2022 to take place online-only due to COVID concerns
E3 is going all-digital again this year, following concerns regarding COVID-19 cases increasing. The ESA confirmed to media outlets that E3 2022 will be following in the footsteps of last year's E3 by taking place purely through livestreams of press conferences. This is the third year in a row that COVID has impacted the annual event, with E3 having been entirely canceled in 2020. This change isn't likely to affect the press conferences themselves, as they're usually livestreamed to most viewers, though a digital event means less unique coverage of specific games from media outlets and individual attendees. Right now, another major trade show, CES 2022, is taking place as usual in Las Vegas despite the concerns of recent outbreaks. E3 2022 was initially planned to return to the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to a statement from the ESA last year, but whether or not we'll see a return to an in-person event for E3 conventions in the future remains to be seen.