ESA announces digital E3 2021 plans

ESA announces digital E3 2021 plans

US video games trade body the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has detailed what this year's E3 is going to look like.

Unsurprisingly, the show is going to be online-only, with big names like Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros, Koch Media and Konami set to be in attendance, but it looks like other huge companies including PlayStation, EA and Activision Blizzard aren't showing up, at least not yet.

The show is set to take place between June 12th and 15th.

In a press release, the ESA it was going to be helping amplify news and games to people around the world, as well as making "content available to everyone for free"; according to, this might be the result of media-only days and demoes streamed to consumers.

"For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games," ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis (pictured) 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 centre stage for video games."

Much of this backs up the reporting from VGC earlier in April, that E3 2021 would be a digital-only event. Though it was initially claimed that there might be some kind of paywall in place on this year's show, this doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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