The Entertainment Software Association officially announce the cancellation of E3 2023.
E3 2023 Officially Cancelled By ESA
Well it’s official, E3 has now been cancelled. An official statement was put out by the ESA which summed up the reasons behind E3 2023 now being present this year. This doesn’t come as a huge surprised surrounding the reports of companies pulling out or deciding to forgo the major video gaming industry event. Global VP of Gaming at Reedpop Kyle Marsden-Kish issued a statement in an IGN report, expressing the “difficult decision”.
This was a difficult decision because of all the effort we and our partners put toward making this event happen, but we had to do what’s right for the industry and what’s right for E3. We appreciate and understand that interested companies wouldn’t have playable demos ready and that resourcing challenges made being at E3 this summer an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. For those who did commit to E3 2023, we’re sorry we can’t put on the showcase you deserve and that you’ve come to expect from ReedPop’s event experiences.
Kyle Marsden-Kish – Global VP of Gaming at Reedpop (organiser partnered with E3 2023)
End of E3?
As for whether E3 will return next year, the statement shares optimism as Reedpop showed interest in working with the ESA in “future E3 events”. This year the conference was supposed to start on June 13th ending on June 16th at the LA Convention Center. After a hiatus, this was the first in-person E3 since the pandemic. Both 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled, with ESA promising a revamped format with a “revitalised showcase”.
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However, reports of companies choosing to forgo the event started to emerge this year. First, publisher giants Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all reported to be missing the game show in favour of their own press conferences. This was followed by the most recent announcement of Ubisoft, who previously announced they would be part of E3 then chose to have their Ubisoft Forward at the Summer Game Fest instead. With the growing Summer Game Fest which takes place a few days before E3, this meant competition for industry goers.
E3 may return in another way but for now, it looks like the games con will be skipping this year. We still have a lot to look forward to in June, as there are press cons such as there Ubisoft Forward already planned. Either way, it seems like an end of an era as E3 has been on the major events for quite some time.
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