Following on from last week's announcements that Sega, Bandai Namco and other notable publishers would join E3 2021, the Entertainment Software Association has unveiled further details for this year's digital plans. Announced via a new press release, they'll be releasing a mobile app and online portal.
Outlining what to expect, President & CEO of the ESA, Stanley Pierre-Louis, released this statement:
From the moment we decided to host E3 virtually, we’ve been focused on providing an interactive experience for fans around the globe that goes beyond the typical livestream. The result is a bespoke online portal and app that will allow fans, media and industry professionals to have an E3 experience designed to run parallel to the four-day broadcast, laying the foundation for interactive E3 elements to continue beyond this year’s all-virtual show.
ESA Outline Plans For Digital E3 With New Online Portal
As part of this announcement, registration for this E3 portal goes live later this month for free. When E3 goes live on June 12, users will have access to these features.
- Exhibitor Booths – Featuring special events, VOD content and articles, exhibitor booths will act as hubs within the portal for key announcements and game information tied to each exhibitor
- Lounges – Online gathering spots for all E3 attendees
- Forums – Special boards for focused online discussion and sharing among attendees
- Leaderboards – Gamified show elements that can be collected and displayed, encouraging fans to interact in as many ways as possible.
- Live Broadcasts - These will feature interactive overlays.
- Profile Creation – All attendees can create their own unique profiles within the portal and app, which can be customized
If you don't fancy using this portal, then fear not. Presentations will still be broadcast via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. With E3 2021 kicking off in less than a month, we'll keep you updated with further news as it happens.