E3 2021: Dates, Format, and Companies Backing the Event Announced; PlayStation Missing from the List

Published 04/06/2021, 12:18 PM EDT


Last year redefined a lot of experiences for us. The pandemic situation barred almost every outdoor event and large gatherings. As a result, a lot of these events had to switch to an online format. E3 is one such major event for the gaming community. While other events managed to find an online alternative, the Entertainment Software Association canceled the event last year. This led to a lot of speculations and rumors regarding the possibilities of the event this year. Many in the community had lost their hopes of seeing E3 2021.

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However, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shone a ray of hope for us. The Association has announced today that this year will see an online iteration of what might be the biggest event for the gaming community. E3 showcases all the exciting upcoming titles across all the platforms and includes a word from the developers. Last year, the various platforms found their own way of showcasing upcoming titles through their own events.

This year’s E3 will not just be online and accessible to all, but it will be free as well. Well, this does seem like a fine compensation for last year!

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The official Twitter handle for the entertainment expo posted the following announcement today:

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This year, E3 comes to you free of cost!

ESA has described the rough format of the event on its official website. This year, E3 will have live press conferences and a four-day long video stream. This year’s lineup currently includes Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media. Moreover, it says, “E3 2021’s virtual format gives you unprecedented access to the premier video game industry event.”

In addition to this, the description adds: “In 2021, E3 is coming to you. This year’s event will be a reimagined and hyper-engaged digital experience, paving the way for so much more in 2022 and beyond.”

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Stanley Pierre-Louis, the President and CEO of the ESA, had this to say about this year’s event:

“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer while uniting the world through games… We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable centre stage for video games.”

E3 2021 is set to commence on June 12 and will end on June 15.

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Well, looks like there is a lot to look forward to in this year’s iteration of perhaps the greatest entertainment expo.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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