The Electronic Software Association will go ahead with their Electronic Entertainment Expo (more commonly known as E3) in 2021 after skipping 2020 due to world conditions. However, it will not take place in its usual home in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Instead, the game convention of game conventions will be an all-digital showcase hosted by game industry stars Greg Miller, Jacki Jing, and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez.
Greg Miller will certainly be comfortable in the role of E3 host, as the Kinda Funny founder was already all over digital showcases in 2020. Presenting games for EA during EA Play and in a Kinda Funny-funded indie games stream, the former IGN reporter will be well at home on the main stage. Also coming to E3 from places like IGN is Jacki Jing, an Emmy-nominated TV journalist and on-screen host who has worked with entertainment outlets and hosted several red carpet events. Rounding out the trio is “Goldenboy,” a top name in the world of eSports casting that has branched out in the past into commentary roles for All Elite Wrestling and NBC’s The Titan Games.
Typically known as the place where the biggest video games are revealed every year, E3’s absence in 2020 led to a summer full of publisher-led events scattered around the calendar. E3 officials have pushed that as a selling point for their return, and they’ve already confirmed announcements from companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Activision-Blizzard. Many of these companies have also announced plans for their own showcases, and known host Geoff Keighley has also announced that his E3 replacement event known as the Summer Games Fest will also return.
At this time, it’s unclear how centralized this summer’s big announcements will be around an E3 that lacks its defining physical component. It is clear that there will be plenty to talk about from the biggest names of the industry throughout the coming months.