How to watch E3 2021

By Jay Peters

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

E3 2021 is finally here. After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 is back for 2021 in an all-digital format, and it kicked off on June 12th.

The big reveals actually started a couple days before — although technically not a part of E3, Thursday’s Summer Game Fest’s Kickoff Live event was packed with news, including a trailer and release date for the highly-anticipated Elden Ring and the announcement of Death Stranding: Director’s Cut for PS5. (You can catch a full replay of that show here.) And from Ubisoft on Saturday, we saw the reveal of a Mario + Rabbids sequel, a trailer for Ubisoft’s gorgeous Avatar game, and more.

On Sunday, there’s a lot to look forward to, including Microsoft’s Xbox and Bethesda showcase. And on Tuesday, Nintendo is hosting a Nintendo Direct.

If you want to attend the virtual E3 as a fan, you can register to attend on E3’s website. (I will warn you from personal experience that the E3 portal and website are pretty bad.) If you just want to follow along with the press conferences and announcements, though, we’ve put together a timeline of some of the biggest events to look forward to below. And if you want to catch up on what’s already been announced, we’ve got you covered there, too.

When is E3?

E3 takes place from Saturday, June 12th, to Tuesday, June 15th.

Sunday, June 13th

Monday, June 14th

Tuesday, June 15th

How can I watch E3?

E3 will be airing its broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. For the presentations hosted by individual companies, you may be able to find official streams on their social platforms.

Update June 12th, 7:03PM ET: Removed events that took place Saturday and updated the introduction.