The ESA has confirmed that the organisation will not host E3 next year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. However, the event organizers haven’t cancelled E3 2024 altogether so there’s still hope it might take place in a smaller form elsewhere.
According to GI.biz, the ESA is working on a so-called “complete reinvention” of the E3 show for 2025. There are no details on what this could be but it sounds like the ESA really wants to bring E3 back in all its glory. Of course, there are various challenges in the way including a now-digital industry and Summer Games Fest.
E3 2023 was meant to happen. The ESA claimed it was going to be the first in-person show in four years. The organizers even teamed up with ReedPop to help collaborate on the show. However, in March the ESA announced it was canning the June event. ReedPop has also confirmed it is parting ways with the ESA. In a statement, ReedPop games event boss Kyle Marsden-Kish said:
“We have enjoyed our time working with the ESA and appreciate their commitment to the games industry as a whole. While we will not be involved with the future of E3 we look forward to seeing its evolution and where the ESA takes it.”
At the moment the ESA is planning a full comeback for E3 in 2025 but it is too early to tell whether or not this will actually happen. Given the current state of the industry, the ESA would have to partner with Summer Game Fest to make this a reality. Both can’t possibly exist in the same world at the same time.
ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said:
“We appreciate ReedPop’s partnership over the past 14 months and support their ongoing efforts to bring industry and fans together through their various events. While the reach of E3 remains unmatched in our industry, we are continuing to explore how we can evolve it to best serve the video game industry and are evaluating every aspect of the event, from format to location. We are committed to our role as a convenor for the industry and look forward to sharing news about E3 in the coming months.”