Microsoft plans to hold digital-only events until July 2021

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft has confirmed that all internal and external in-person events will be swapped out for digital experiences instead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an email sent to Microsoft MVPs, all events have been shifted to a digital format until July 2021.

The news means that Microsoft will not be present at this year's Gamescom (if it still plans to go ahead) and most likely next year's GDC and E3.

Microsoft has confirmed to PC Gamer that the new strategy is going ahead, but doesn't say how long for or if next year's gaming events will be affected. A spokesperson from the company said, "In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we are adjusting our event calendar and strategy. For the remainder of 2020, we are embracing the opportunity to experiment with new platforms to provide our partners, customers and developers the highest quality, digital-first experiences."

The Entertainment Software Association has recently announced the dates for next year's E3, with the show running from June 15th to June 17th. If Microsoft is to stick with its initial estimate of only providing digital events until July 2021, this means that next year's E3 could be a bit of a quiet one with no Sony or Microsoft to showcase their games.

Microsoft has already said that for this year's cancelled E3, it will hold a digital showcase for its upcoming games and console, the Xbox Series X.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.