” I can confirm on behalf of the ESA that there will be no components at E3 2021 that will be behind a paid-for pass or paywall”
ESA also verified this in the following tweet:
E3s 2021 digital show is a free event for all participants. Were excited to fill you in on all the real news for the event very quickly. https://t.co/HzTzaQEosx— E3 (@E3) April 1, 2021
In VGCs original story, it was suggested one games company revealed criticism of the “paywall plans” and so the ESA pulled back on its proposal.
This years E3 – rebranded as the “Electronic Entertainment Experience” – will run for one week and starts on 13th June. It will feature several keynote sessions from games partners, an awards reveal, preview night and there are plans for on-demand video game demonstrations and product shops.
© E3Yesterday, VGC released a story recommending E3 could possibly be locking some aspects of this years digital E3 event behind a paywall.
The plan, according to “numerous publishing sources” was to apparently charge a cost for a few of this years content. This would consist of demos and a “premium” plan with additional gain access to, for around $35 USD.
In a follow-up declaration from an ESA spokesperson, the organiser confirmed it would not be putting any of the occasion behind a paywall.