E3 Learns from CES’ Mistakes

A full six months ahead of 2022's E3 gaming convention, the Entertainment Software Association announced E3 will be virtual this year.

“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022. We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”


E3 was virtual last year too and they're taking no chances with Omicron causing enormous spikes in cases everywhere. Contrast this with CES and their insistence that they conduct an in-person event in Las Vegas this past week. Not only was it widely unattended, but so many companies pulled out, they shortened the expo by an entire day. You can see the desolate results of their decision over on Mashable.

I'm all for attempts to get back to whatever "normal" is these days. However, until things are truly "normal" the concepts of giant groups of people in single locations for extended amounts of time are simply not feasible.