After a week-long flood of digital events and a four day press conference, E3 2021 will culminate in an awards ceremony, the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Yay …
You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, hasn’t E3 awards always existed?” You’re not wrong. There is a basic box for games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and BioShock Infinite has gold badges that announce dozens of “E3 awards” usually given by enthusiastic press representatives. It’s just that ESA codified the process this year.
“For this year’s event, we are working with editors from some of the world’s leading video game media to create the official E3 2021 Awards Show, which will honor the most anticipated games on the show,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President and CEO of ESA, it says in a press release.
The prizes are selected by a jury made up of editors IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar +, and PC player. In addition to an award for the most anticipated game of the entire E3, there will also be categories for each individual publisher participating in E3. It’s unclear whether these awards will focus on the big players hosting the marquee conferences – like Ubisoft and Microsoft – or literally each and every one of them more than two dozen exhibitors
This whole charade is, of course, silly. Aside from a few last-minute releases, it stands to reason that not every game on the show will be released yet. How can you accurately judge a game based on a video clip of 20 minutes or less, possibly of a developer pretending to be playing the game live? (There’s also the thing that E3 demos often show a small excerpt from the game explicitly designed
The ceremony is scheduled for June 15, TBA time.