The ESA, organisers of E3, have announced the return of the premier gaming event for June this year. The four day event will take place between June 12-15th, with the event being an online virtual event.
The digital format for E3 2021 means more people than ever can participate. Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA, said:
We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.
WELCOME BACK! It’s been hard waiting quietly as we got ready for today, but we are thrilled to officially announce our plans for June 12th-15th!— E3 (@E3) April 6, 2021
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In a statement from the ESA, they confirmed some gaming partners, who will participate in E3 this year. They include Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. Currently, some big names are missing from that list, including Sony, EA, Square Enix and Activision, but they may yet be added or even likely to run their own press conferences around the time of E3.
Sony had confirmed last year, that they wouldn’t have participated in the E3 2020 event (which was ultimately cancelled due to a global pandemic). This may be an indicator for Sony’s intentions this year too, as they can easily run their own press event, partner with Summer Game Fest (also taking place in June) or use their own PlayStation blog for announcements.