E3 2023 has already been confirmed to take place as an in-person event again, but it looks like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is already setting its sights on future events as well. According to documents for the Los Angeles Board of City Tourism Commissioners, the ESA is committed to another two consecutive years of E3 as it has already booked the LA Convention Center for 2024 and 2025.
The LA Convention Center has been the home of E3 for several years now and according to the ESA, it will continue to be the place gamers and journalists congregate at for the next three years. The company has booked the venue for 2024 and 2025 to host E3, meaning it’s likely that we’ll continue getting in-person events for the next few years following the global pandemic.
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E3 will return next year for 13-16 June 2023 after outright cancelling the event this year. According to the documents, E3 will once again take place in 2024 and 2025, set for early June dates. For both events, it’s expected that there will be approximately 68,400 attendees. The ESA has requested 27,940 room nights as well.
The state of E3 has been a bit shaky over the past few years. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, several gaming companies including PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft, EA and more have opted to showcase all upcoming games via digital events that viewers could tune into online. This eliminated the need for E3 as a public event that brought together publishers under one banner as most companies, even today, might’ve realised that it would save them a bit of money hosting dedicated online events instead.
PlayStation, for example, historically pulled out of E3 in 2019 and has since hosted its own digital shows that it could better coordinate under its own conditions. It’s unknown if the gaming giant will ever return to E3.