E3 planning a digital event for 2021

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electronics Software Association (ESA) canceled its annual E3 event in 2020 with hopes of it returning in 2021. During the summer of 2020, video game companies did their own online events to announce new games, showoff gameplay, and share release dates.

Now with the new year upon us, the ESA is putting the wheels in motion for an all-digital E3 2021 in June, according to Video Games Chronicle.

The outlet received a pitch deck that included multiple two-hour keynote sessions from top game companies, an awards show, a preview night on June 14, and streams from smaller publishers, streamers, and media partners. The event would be “supplemented by media previews the week before, as well as demos released on consumer platforms,” the report stated.

The ESA would also assist in allowing partner companies to stream playable demos to the media. With all these plans currently in the works, they still need approval from members of the ESA, which includes the biggest game companies in the world.

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