I'd argue it wasn't cancelled, because I'm not sure it was ever scheduled.
"But in a follow-up communication with IGN, the ESA added that it could not confirm at this time whether or not there would be a digital event this year instead of the physical event, as there was in 2021."
"Its 2022 show never had firm dates set and was never on the official LACC calendar, despite past shows’ physical and digital being scheduled over a year in advance"
It has been reported by Mike Futterish that the ESA had actually abandoned its dates at the LA Convention Center in November, suggesting that COVID concerns are a "spin".
They canceled the Center 7 months early? Cancelled in person 6 months early. Plus they never put up plans for anything.
You are bound to love Earthbound.