According to records filed by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism, the E3 2021 live event has been canceled for the second year in a row. In March of last year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which organizes E3, canceled E3 2020 due to worries regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Even discussion of a potential streaming edition of the conference was dropped after just a few weeks. The ESA soon announced a “reimagined” E3 showcase for this year, locking in dates for the conference’s hoped-for return in mid-June 2021.
However, as demonstrated by paperwork filed by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism, E3’s revival might not occur as the ESA intended. ResetEra consumer Rösti dug up an 84-page paper from LA City providing updates on the city’s conferences and tourism-related plans for the year, according to Twinfinite.
E3 2021 is listed in a map on page 18 of the document; off to the side is an update that says: “Cancelled live event. Working with production team on broadcast options at LA Live/LACC. Working on 2022 & 2023 license.”
The ESA has yet to reveal its plans for this year’s conference, apart from a few reports about a digital E3 event. According to reports, the organizer submitted pitch documents to a number of publishers and developers throughout the industry, proposing a three-day festival with live-streamed coverage. According to the study, game demos and keynotes will be included in the coverage. Concrete information on what this year’s E3 would involve remain unknown at the time of writing.