E3 2021 is on! The historically largest event on the games industry calendar will look a lot different this year. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is set to try and put on a virtual show across the originally scheduled dates for the show, June 15th-17th. According to E3 2021 pitch documents sent to games publishers and seen by Andy Robinson at VGC, the ESA’s intention is to hold multiple two-hour keynote sessions from games partners, an awards show, a June 14th preview night and other smaller streams from games publishers, influencers and media partners. The biggest question remaining will be if publishers and developers will be willing to participate in the proposed event.
CD Projekt is now the victim of a cyber attack. Hackers reportedly stole “certain data belonging to CD Projekt capital group,” CD Projekt said. The company said it is currently securing its servers and restoring encrypted data. In the ransom note published by CD Projekt, the hackers said they stole source code for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, Gwent, and “the unreleased version of Witcher 3.” The group said it also accessed “documents relating to accounting, administration, legal, HR, [and] investor relations.” That is no bueno. Nicole Carpenter at Polygon has the full story.