The ESA May Still Be Planning E3 2021, But Microsoft Won’t Be There

The ESA has aspirations to still hold a 2021 E3 next June. If that comes to fruition however, Microsoft will not be attending in person.

In an e-mail to Microsoft “MVPs” (aka Most Valuable Professionals), the company “has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021.

If that is true, then Microsoft will not be present at next year’s E3, if there even is an E3 next year.

[Source: Twitter]

E3 is Not Dead Yet… Announces 2021 Plans

COVID-19 did in E3 2020, but the ESA is not ready to throw in the towel just yet for good. They have announced plans that E3 2021 is in the works.

According to, the ESA shared news with its partners that E3 2021 June 15 to 17. Even though no live event will be held this year, the ESA are “exploring options with [their] members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”

So life goes on for E3, in some capacity or another. Either way, if an E3 2021 does take place, there should be plenty of games to showcase on fancy new consoles.