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E3 2022 Held Online-Only For a Second Year in a Row Due to Omicron Concerns

The ESA, the organizers responsible for E3, have announced the convention will be held virtually for the second year in a row.
The ESA, the organizers responsible for E3, have announced the convention will be held virtually for the second year in a row. / Electronic Software Association

The ESA, the organizers responsible for E3, have announced the convention will be held virtually for the second year in a row.

The Electronic Software Association (ESA) announced its decision to hold the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) exclusively online last Thursday, Jan. 6. This is the second year in a row the event will run without an in-person component following its cancellation in 2020. According to the ESA, the move to have another virtual E3 comes as a response to the surging omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.

"Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022," the ESA told GamesBeat in a statement that Thursday.

E3 2022 Will Be Virtual for the Second Year in a Row

The ESA originally planned to return to in-person activities in 2022. Unfortunately, with the latest Covid-19 variant on the loose and the negative sentiment around large in-person events during the global pandemic crisis, it appears the organization has decided a second virtual E3 may be the safest option.

Still, it seems optimistic about the event.

"We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon." The statement continued.

While DBLTAP cannot confirm any information about the event, there are a few predictions we can make should the ESA follow suit with its planning of last year's E3. Attendees can expect several days filled with virtual livestream panels, online storefronts from their favorite retailers, and forum discussions with fellow fans all from the comfort of their own homes.

More information about E3 2022 will become available as the event approaches.