"We’re excited about coming back in 2023 with both a digital and an in-person event." These are the words of Stan Pierre-Louis in The Washington Post. The president and CEO of ESA (Entertainment Software Association, the organizer of E3) is clear that the Los Angeles fair has not disappeared from our lives forever. "As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there’s a really strong desire for people to convene — to be able to connect in person and see each other and talk about what makes games great."
Pierre-Louise admits the value of events like Geoff Keighley's Summer Games Showcase, but believes there is still room for an in-person show. "I think what’s great about all this experimentation is that companies of all sizes are trying to figure out what works best to promote the product and the content that they are looking to share with consumers. And I think there is a space for a physical show; I think there’s an importance of having digital reach. Combining those two, I think there is a critical element of what we think E3 can provide."
The president has not confirmed much more about what the comeback will be like and how they will manage to regain the prestige and importance of yesteryear. The statements were made during the ESA's presentation of a report titled "Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry". In it, and after interviewing nearly 5,000 U.S. citizens, data such as 65% play video games, 89% of players say video games provide stress relief, 88% improve their cognitive skills and another 61% say it has helped them connect with their family.
Stop linking video games and gun violence
During the presentation on the report's findings, Pierre-Louise wanted to condemn those who link video games to shootings and gun tragedies. science is clear and has been for a long time: Independent research points to the fact that video games don’t serve as a source for real world violence. think the most telling fact and statistic is that the same video games sold in the United States are sold all around the world. And yet, we’re the only country that has this level of violence and gun violence in particular."
Source | The Washington Post