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E3 is set to return for 2021 in a reimagined, all-virtual event that will “engage video game fans everywhere,” taking place June 12 – 15, free for all attendees.

This is huge. This means you can go, this means I can go, this means ‘I’ll see you there’ because it’s virtual. The digital format for E3 means more people than ever can participate, while maintaining the event’s status as the central destination for industry networking.

Developers will have the opportunity to showcase their latest news and games directly to fans around the world. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will be working with media partners globally to help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free. Nintendo, Xbox, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Koch Media are just some of the confirmed to participate, and more are expected to be announced soon.

The full schedule has not yet been released, but Microsoft has confirmed that they will participate in E3 2021 on Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT as a joint showcase between Xbox and Bethesda. Aaron Greenberg, the general manager of Xbox Games Marketing, hinted on Xbox Wire that fans will learn “everything you want to know about the epic gaming lineup coming out of this partnership, the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more.”

Some companies are forgoing participation – namely, Sony. This lends itself to many speculating whether Xbox will use this opportunity to strategically steal the show, with some questioning whether they will confirm the SEGA buyout rumors. Only time will tell, but there are definitely big announcements sure to come.

ESA president and CEO, Stanley Pierre-Louis, 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.” We at VENN, cannot wait.

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