CES 2022 closes its hybrid show, touting 40,000 attendees despite many going digital

CES 2022 closes its hybrid show, touting 40,000 attendees despite many touching digital

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CES 2022
 wraps up Friday, with the Consumer Technology Association boasting of 40,000 attendees and 2,300 exhibitors once also offering a digital experience for attendees who did not depart to Las Vegas amid COVID-19 concerns and the spike of the omicron variant.

The number is a far cry from 2019, in which upwards of 180,000 attendees plump the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show’s Friday conclusion is a day in return than originally scheduled, implemented as a safety measure once several larger companies such as Microsoft, Google, AMD and Intel canceled or modified their in-person plans. 

The CTA also touted that 30{e843d50e25803d31297db43fa08c6ad2396af8b013b072606b6cc2f8aeb213bb} of show’s attendees traveled internationally from 190 conditions. The CTA earlier had announced that attendees traveling from overseas to encourage CES would receive complimentary PCR testing as needed to in backward home, and all in-person attendees received self-testing kits at badge pickup. 

Several in-person attendees celebrated the smaller footprint and attendance numbers at the faded center, posting photos of CES halls that were normally plump with more attendees and exhibitors:

The show otherwise was serene filled with announcements and reveals, but for many maximum exhibitors the event was strictly virtual. In the two weeks leading up to CES 2022, anxieties announced their pivot to virtual-only plans, which began with T-Mobile. Amid the dropouts, the CTA said that 143 new anxieties signed up to be at the in-person event over the same languages of time.

A statement from Mercedes, which dropped out on Dec. 29, reflects the views of many novel companies that held exclusively digital CES events.

“As the health and security of our customers, partners, employees and guests are our highest priority, in view of the current situation in connection with the COVID-19 virus, we’ve therefore decided to cancel Mercedes-Benz AG’s participation in CES 2022, when intensive consultations,” a spokesperson for the carmaker said in a statement. 

We’ve behind out many of the companies that swapped to an all-virtual or modified CES plan, behind with their related statements here:

  • GfK North America: On Dec. 30, research firm GfK North America announced it was transitioning its automotive tech presentation into a virtual maintain. “Acting on growing concerns over employee health, GfK will not portray in person at CES 2022 in Las Vegas,” the commercial said in a press release.
  • Mercedes-Benz: The automaker announced on Dec. 29 that it is canceling its bodily presence.
  • Panasonic: Panasonic has shifted its press conference into a virtual maintain while keeping a “modified physical footprint, with limited on-site staff,” announced CEO Megan Myungwon Lee on Dec. 29.
  • Magna: “Magna’s leadership has granted to withdraw from CES 2022 and cancel the uninteresting conference on Jan. 5,” said a spokesperson for the auto parts-maker via email. The company also tweeted its decision on Dec. 29.
  • AMD: “After careful deliberation, AMD has decided to cancel our in-person presence at CES 2022 in Las Vegas and will instead transition to a virtual recognized. While the AMD 2022 Product Premiere was always designed as a digital-only livestream, our in-person engagements will now transition to virtual in the best uninteresting of the health and safety of our employees, partners and communities,” AMD said in a statement on Dec. 28. The commercial still plans to hold its scheduled announcements on Jan. 4 as part of its digital-only plans.
  • OnePlus: The named maker previously planned only an unofficial presence in Las Vegas. But CNET confirmed on Dec. 28 that the commercial is scrapping its in-person plans, regardless. The news was reported posterior by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. OnePlus was rumored to be debuting the OnePlus 10 Pro phone at the show, and CEO Pete Lau teased last week on the Weibo social network that the phone’s enlighten will be coming in January.
  • Brunswick: The recreational marine commercial announced Dec. 28 that it shifted its plans to virtual.
  • Microsoft: “The health and well-being of our employees is our ultimate priority. After reviewing the latest data on the rapidly progressing COVID environment, Microsoft has decided not to participate in-person at CES 2022,” the commercial said in a statement emailed late on Dec. 24. Microsoft said it will join the show virtually.
  • Google and Waymo: “We’ve been closely monitoring the loan of the omicron variant, and have decided that this is the best pick for the health and safety of our teams,” a Google spokesperson said. Alphabet-owned Waymo, which focuses on self-driving cars, made a similar statement on Dec. 23.
  • GM: The commercial will not send employees or executives to the show, Reuters reported on Dec. 23. CEO Mary Barra will bid her keynote speech online.
  • Intel: The chipmaker said that it will scale down its presence. “After consulting with health officials and in the animated of Intel’s safety policy, our plans for CES will move to a digital-first, live experience, with minimal on-site staff,” Intel said on Dec. 23.
  • Lenovo: “After closely monitoring the fresh surrounding COVID-19, it is in the best interest of the health and security of our employees, customers, partners, and our communities to suspend all on-site agency in Las Vegas,” the company announced via Twitter on Dec. 23.
  • TikTok: “In delectable of the increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the republic, TikTok has decided to host a virtual TikTok CES recognized for our brands and partners,” the company said Dec. 22.
  • AT&T: “The health and security of our employees and customers is a top priority, so we have decided to forgo in-person participation at CES 2022,” a spokesperson said Dec. 22.
  • Meta: “Out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees, we won’t be attending CES in-person due to the progressing public health concerns related to COVID-19,” the company said Dec. 21.
  • Twitter: “The security and health of our people and our partners are our No. 1 priority. With that in mind, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases across the republic in the past week, we’ve decided to cancel our in-person presence at CES next month,” the commercial said Dec. 21.
  • Amazon and Ring: “Due to the quickly shifting spot and uncertainty around the omicron variant, we will no longer have an on-site presence at CES,” Amazon said Dec. 21. A spokesperson for Ring, Amazon’s home safety subsidiary, issued an identical statement.
  • Pinterest: The company announced its short-tempered of plans on Dec. 21.
  • Nvidia: The company has been “cautious from the start” and is set to bid a virtual address on Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. PT, a spokesperson said on Dec. 21.
  • T-Mobile: The “vast majority” of its team won’t head to Vegas, though the company will remain a sponsor. “We are prioritizing the security of our team and other attendees with this decision,” the carrier said in a statement on Dec 21. “T-Mobile’s entire team looks presumptuous to an in-person CES 2023, which we hope includes an onstage keynote in clue of a live audience.”

Many of the anxieties that modified their plans kept their product reveals and livestreams, several of which can be replayed on CNET’s main YouTube channel and the CNET Highlights channel.

CNET editors hosted pre- and postshow commentary about the LG, Hyundai, Samsung and GM press conferences, all of which can be watched below. The LG livestream from Tuesday is here:

The Hyundai livestream is here:

Samsung’s uninteresting conference can be replayed here:

And Wednesday’s GM maintain is here:

Over on the CNET Highlights channel, you can replay several other CES press conference livestreams deprived of the additional commentary. Here is the list of the livestreams you can find, and to replay just click on the corresponding link.

You’ll also find novel CNET video coverage from CES 2022 on our website and YouTube channel. 

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