Unsurprisingly, E3 2021's live event seems to have been cancelled

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Documents for an upcoming meeting of the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Board (found by a poster on the Resetera forum) list E3 as a "Cancelled live event in 2021".

E3 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and while the ESA looked for ways to replace it with an "online experience", in the end nothing came of it. Earlier this year the ESA suggested said that, "we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we're bringing the global video game community together" and the above document contains the note, "Working with production team on broadcast options at LA Live/LACC". While it's certainly possible an online version of E3 might come together, even before the pandemic Sony had left E3 to host its own event, and thanks to 2020 the likes of Ubisoft and Bethesda now have experience holding showcase events independently. 

The Convention and Tourism Development Board document notes that they are, "Working on 2022 and 2023 license", but there's a chance that if things don't come together this year we simply won't see E3 return.

Last year we held our regular PC Gaming Show as an online event with more than 50 games on show.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.