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E3 video game expo to not be held in person amid COVID-19 risks

E3 video game expo to not be held in person amid COVID-19 risks

E3. A tank display at the Nintendo booth at E3 2017

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E3 2022 will be held virtually just like last year's event

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a globally renowned event for video games, technology, and computers, will not be held in person this year amid fears around COVID-19, its operator said on Thursday, January 6.

The development adds to a list of many showpiece events being wrapped up early or getting canceled or postponed for in-person gatherings amid a surge in US cases, with the latest ones being technology and gadget show CES, the Grammy Awards, and the Sundance Film Festival. .

“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022,” the E3 operator Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said in a statement.

The rolling seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the US hit 540,000 earlier this week along with a surge in hospitalizations, days after the country reported a record one million infections in 24 hours. –

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