The 2022 World Championships have been cancelled by the International E-Sports Federation (IESF) and the event’s host, Monster Energy. The IESF announced that both the in-person and online events were being discontinued for 2022, leaving many followers disappointed.
On March 31st, the organisation revealed their decision in a press release. Many businesses take advantage of April Fool’s Day to pull pranks, so some social media users thought the news was a joke. Why is E3 2022 cancelled: Reason explained.
Why is E3 2022 cancelled?
The cancellation was first reported on social media by Will Powers, who works as a publicist for gaming peripheral maker Razer. In a Twitter update on Thursday (March 31), he stated, “Just got an email. E3 digital has been postponed until 2022.” There are several conflicting feelings about this news.
Powers confirmed the news to The Guardian, which independently verified it. They have seen the email mentioned in Powers’ statement.
E3 cancellation explained
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which runs E3, stated that the 2022 event has been canceled so that the organization may “focus its efforts and use this time to plan our strategies and deliver an all-new experience that delighted fans.”
“We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we announce that there will also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022,” ESA said in a statement.
“Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”
The cancellation was made more difficult by the continuing pandemic situation, which made staging a large video game trade event more challenging.
After having no event in 2020 and just a digital one in 2021, ESA intended to host a physical activity in 2022. However, the group stated in January this year that they will now conduct all of their events digitally.
Unfortunately, the recent statement confirms that in-person and digital activities have been delayed until 2023.