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The Electronic Entertainment Expo hasn’t been held in person since 2019. Now, it may not be returning for 2024 or 2025 — at least not at the Los Angeles Convention Center. According to an LA City Tourism Commission planning document shared on ResetEra, the video game trade show has canceled its live event for the next two years. The document’s Convention Sales data specifically notes that its data “includes E3 cancellations for 2024 & 2025.”
Although the city document suggests that E3 2024 won’t be hosted at the LA Convention Center, the Electronic Software Association itself seems hesitant to confirm the entire event is canceled. “ESA is currently in conversation with ESA members and other stakeholders about E3 2024 (and beyond),” the group told Engadget. “No final decisions about the events have been made at this time.”
It’s unclear what this means for E3 itself. Although the Electronic Software Association hasn’t hosted a live trade since the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of E3 2020, the group did put together a digital only event in 2021. Neither the in-person or digital versions of the show returned in 2022.
When the show was canceled again in 2023, ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis told GamesIndustry that the trade show may need to change to survive. “E3 will iterate to ensure it’s meeting the needs of companies that want to market on this global platform.” Pierre-Louis said. “That means it will iterate in how people engage with E3. We want to meet the needs of players who view this as an important platform and that’s going to evolve over time.”