In response to previous reports, ESA also confirmed the absence of an E3 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center next year, although plans for the event in 2024 have not been completely canceled as stated.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the organization is working on a “complete reimagining” of E3 for 2025.
E3 was set to return this summer with its first in-person event in four years as part of a multi-year deal with PAX organizer ReedPop. However, after months of preparation and uncertainty, the event was canceled in March.
At the time, ReedPop said the event “simply did not generate the sustained interest necessary to host an event that showcases the size, strength and influence of our industry.”
In a new statement, ReedPop’s Head of Gaming Events Kyle Marsden-Kish said: “We respect our partnership with ESA over the past 14 months and value their contribution to the gaming industry as a whole. While we will not be involved in a future E3, we are looking forward to We look forward to its development and the events that ESA organizes.”
ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis added: “We appreciate ReedPop’s partnership over the past 14 months and support their efforts to bring the industry and fans together through a variety of events.”
“While the scale of E3 remains unparalleled in our industry, we continue to explore how it can evolve to best serve the video game industry and are evaluating every aspect of the event, from format to location. We remain committed to our role as an industry event organizer and We look forward to hearing more about E3 in the coming months.”
In the absence of E3, a slew of other events took place in Los Angeles in June, including producer Geoff Quigley’s rival Summer Game Fest, Ubisoft Forward and the Xbox Showcase.