E3 2022 will not be held in person due to increasing Omicron cases

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a world-renowned event for video games, technology and computers, will not be held in person this year amid concerns about COVID-19, the operator said on Thursday.

The development adds to a list of many flagship events that are being closed early, canceled or postponed for face-to-face meetings due to a surge in US cases. The newest are the CES technology and gadget show, the Grammy Awards, and the Sundance Film Festival.

“Due to the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 2022 will not be held in person,” said E3 operator Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in a statement.

The rolling seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the US hit 540,000 earlier this week, along with a surge in hospital admissions, days after the country reported a record one million infections in 24 hours.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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