Since the global pandemic hit, gaming conventions around the world have become all-digital events. This includes E3, which last year had no option but to cancel.
This year, it’ll be returning in the same format as many other conventions. While it’s arguably the only way this type of event could even go ahead right now, one man who isn’t entirely convinced is Nintendo of America’s former president, Reggie Fils-Aimé.
In the same interview with Gamertag Radio, Reggie said he was all for a digital format, but would like to see fans be able to experience the content, and said it was something for platform holders to work out.
“I have to say that what I read doesn’t sound all that compelling.”
“If I were king for a day, I’ll tell you how I would do it. I do think doing this digitally is absolutely right and the reason for that is, there are more than the 60,000 people who would typically attend an E3. There are millions more interested in finding out what’s going on and executing an event digitally is the way to bring that to life, so that’s the right track.
“Having said that, I think that the platform holders need to find a way digitally to enable their fans, their players, to experience the content because that’s the key for E3 right – the ability to be playing The Last of Us Part 3 for the first time, or to play that next Breath of the Wild game for the first time, or to play the next great game coming from the new amalgamation of all the Xbox studios.
“To play for the first time is what’s magical and the platform holders need to figure out how to deliver that experience to their fans during an E3-like digital experience. I think that would be huge.”
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