E3 canceled for next two years, likely for good

The once-famous E3 gaming convention has been confirmed to not be happening in 2024 or 2025.
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There was a time when the Electronic Entertainment Expo was the biggest event in gaming and something that young and old fans could look forward to every year as the announcement lightning rod. However, after trouble in recent years and a canceled E3 in 2023, it seems that the event has been called off for the next two years as well, likely cementing the event’s demise.

The news was leaked via a Los Angeles, California tourism board notice that was copied to the ResetEra forum, with an infographic on “Citywide Convention Sales” that states that the information is inclusive of the cancellation of E3 in 2024 and 2025. This is the first news that has broken about the event not happening next year and doesn’t look likely that the convention sees a near future where it can succeed.

[Update June 22, 2023, 3:09 p.m. PT]: According to reporting from Axios reporter Stephen Totilo, E3 2024 has not been canceled and the company is still in talks for the future despite the city of LA having listed the events as canceled.

While not the official source, the California Board of Tourism would likely be one of the first to know given how big of an impact the convention has had in the last two decades. However, as more and more big names began to pull out of the convention this year, it seemed like the convention had lost its steam, with a cancelation notice put out not long after that.

With nothing confirmed for the next two years, and many developers now hosting their own straight-to-viewer digital showcases, a big event that serves as the center for gaming doesn’t seem possible. That being said, if this is the end, E3 will be remembered by those who attended it as some of the most important moments in gaming.

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison is a writer and gamer, the latter he's been doing for the last two decades. When not working, he enjoys streaming the latest show or spending time with his family and friends. Contact: Christian@tryhardguides.com


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