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E3 2021 live event cancelled, says City of LA

Planning for a digital event is underway.

Any E3 2021 live events scheduled for the Los Angeles Convention Centre (LACC) have been cancelled, a new document from the City of Los Angeles reveals.

As reported by VGC, the document says that E3 2021 organisers have “cancelled [its] live event in 2021” and that the city is “working with [its] production team on broadcase options at LA Live/LACC.”

Moreover, the document says the city is with the ESA, the event’s organiser, on a license for both 2022 and 2023.

The news comes after the ESA had already confirmed it was looking to transition E3 2021 to an online event, similar to last year.

“We can confirm that we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together,” an ESA spokesperson told VGC. “We are having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.”

At the moment, no actual events have been confirmed.

Last year, COVID-19 came as a bit of a surprise to the ESA, and a proper E3 event or replacement didn’t take place. Instead, first- and third-party publishers largely organised their own livestream events or took part in events like the Summer Games Showcase or Gamescom. We’ll let you know what’s different this year.

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