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Last year left a lot of gaming-related event cancellations in its wake, and none were bigger than that of E3, which has traditionally been the grandest gaming expo of the entire year. After its cancellation last year due to COVID-19, and with the rise in popularity of Nintendo Direct-style digital events among publishers, there were rumors and rumblings that the event itself may have been well and truly done for good despite its announcement for E3 2021 last April (where a “reimagined” event would be held from June 15th to 17th). 

According to a new report from VGC, it appears that the fabled expo isn’t ready to quietly into the night, as the Entertainment Software Association has shared its intent to proceed with an all-digital event this year.


In a statement issued to VGC, the ESA said it would soon share exact details on this year’s E3 show and claimed it was having “great conversations” with developers and publishers, but would not confirm who had signed up for the event.

“We can confirm that we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together,” an ESA spokesperson said.

“We are having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.”


Now, the ESA will require backing from the major publishers to make the event a reality, but this news is an encouraging sign that we may be able to ring in another Summer of gaming as we always had before the pandemic.

We’ll keep our ears to the ground on this one and share any updates as the story develops, so be sure to stick around here at Nintendo Wire for the latest info!


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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.