Skip to content
E3 Event Image


The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is reportedly planning an all-digital E3 event to replace the in-person convention in 2021.

VGC reports that pitch documents made by the ESA propose an all-digital E3, which would see three days of live streams across the scheduled E3 2021 dates of June 15-17. One proposed schedule includes a two-hour keynote from one of the three major console developers (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo), followed by presentations of differing length by third-party publishers. Each day would end with a teaser of the next day’s content.

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

The report also states that the ESA still needs support from publishers in order to progress with the planned digital event. At least one publisher, according to VGC, ”indicated that it would continue to run its own separate digital showcase, rather than paying the six-figure sums required to join E3 2021’s schedule.”

Last year’s planned E3 event was rumored to be completely redesigned before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those plans included a redesigned show floor containing what the ESA called “experience hubs,” along with traditional booths.

Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images
Gaming fans attend the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018 in Los Angeles, California on June 13, 2018, where hardware manufacturers, software developers and the video game industry present their new games between June 12-14.