Earlier this year, the ESA revealed that E3 2021 will be taking place this year virtually after E3 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. Today, the ESA has officially unveiled its plans for the event which will be taking place from June 12 through June 15. Developers will be showcasing their latest news and games directly to fans around the world. The ESA will be working with media partners globally to help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free. Recently, the ESA had to clarify that E3 2021 will be free after reports revealed that certain content would be locked behind a paywall.
WELCOME BACK! It’s been hard waiting quietly as we got ready for today, but we are thrilled to officially announce our plans for June 12th-15th!
— E3 (@E3) April 6, 2021
Confirmed partners to participate in E3 2021 includes Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media. More partners may be announced later. These partners have made early commitments to participate.
Glad to see the game industry coming together again in June for a digital E3. This and other summer events are proof that our industry is strongest when we work together. Looking forward to sharing what we have in store this summer.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 6, 2021
“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,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. “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 center stage for video games.”