It appears that E3 2023 has been canceled, confirming what many people had already suspected for some time. E3 has faced numerous setbacks and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years, and while it was set to make a comeback this year under new management from PAX producer ReedPop, it seems that the organizers have struggled to secure the participation of major game publishers. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much public support from publishers for the new E3, and many big names like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Sega, and Tencent have already announced that they won’t be attending.
According to reports, the Entertainment Software Association, one of the co-organizers of E3, has apparently informed its members via email that the show will not be taking place this year, despite its status as a beloved event and brand. They explained that the lack of sustained interest from attendees and publishers means that they wouldn’t be able to deliver an event that truly showcases the size, strength, and impact of the gaming industry. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like they made any promises about the future of E3, which suggests that the show may have reached its end.
Could it be that the concept of E3 is no longer as relevant as it used to be? It’s a tough argument to make, considering that Gamescom is still thriving. However, it’s possible that even Gamescom’s days may be numbered. The idea of a massive spectacle of a show, where all the game publishers gather together and compete for public attention, was certainly thrilling in the past. However, these days, most companies prefer to have more control over how they present themselves to the public. E3 2023 had been scheduled to take place from June 13 to June 16.
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