News recently broke that E3, the long-standing trade event in the video game industry, has been cancelled for this year. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still preventing major in-person events from occurring, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has decided to also scrap the idea of a digital event, citing that they will be allocating their time and resources for 2023.
Aside from the standard uproar from the internet, one has to stop and ask–does this really even matter?
In recent years, the gaming industry gets flooded with frequent announcements from major publishers on a fairly consistent basis. Sony holds a handful of State of Play events, Nintendo has their Directs and Indie World Showcase, and Microsoft also steps in with ID@Xbox presentations or their own individual announcements. Even Annapurna Interactive had its debut showcase in summer 2021. With publishers announcing their products on their own time, some even pulling out…
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