E3 will return to Los Angeles for an in-person event in 2023

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game showcase commonly known as E3, will return to its old stomping grounds in Los Angeles in 2023.

“We’re back,” E3’s official Twitter account announced on Thursday.

The annual event will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center three years after previous in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E3 organizer Entertainment Software Assn. will partner with event producer ReedPop for next year’s conference, which will take place in person and online. ReedPop is also known for hosting New York gaming culture events, Star Wars Celebration and PAX.

“ReedPop brings world-class talent and deep knowledge of the video game industry, which will serve to enhance the E3 experience for years to come,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a statement provided to The Times.

Kyle Marsden-Kish, ReedPop’s global vice president of gaming, added that E3’s return to Los Angeles will be “recognizably epic” and set “a new benchmark for video game expos in 2023 and beyond.”

The annual video game extravaganza, which in the past has drawn more than 65,000 fans and industry figures to the LA Convention Center, has been canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. E3 is back in 2021 as a four-day virtual event.

In January, E3 2022 was initially set to follow the previous year’s online format due to concerns over the omicron variant of the virus. However, in March, the event was canceled in its entirety, with the ESA promising a “revitalized physical and digital E3 experience” in 2023.

“The 2023 Showcase will bring the community, media and industry together again for an entirely new format and interactive experience,” ESA previously said of its event in the second week of June 2023.

But with E3 off for the summer, other entities in the video game community have taken it into their own hands to present updates on highly anticipated titles.

In June, Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley filled the void with his annual Summer Game Fest presentation, which also return in 2023. Similarly, PlayStation and Santa Monica Studio made headlines Thursday with a release date and trailer for the upcoming “God of War: Ragnarok.”

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