E3 is coming back for the first time in four years, but it looks like the show won’t be accompanied by some of the biggest names in the industry like Xbox, Sony, or Nintendo. E3 has historically been the been the place where these large publishers would show off their latest work and partnerships. It turns out that this won’t be the case for the 2023 show.
This means that E3 2023 is definitely going to be different than shows in the past. IGN has reached out to Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo as well as the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) representatives with no response as of yet. E3’s parent company, ReedPop has issued a statement that there have been some changes to E3’s format, you can read that statement below.
E3 is such a significant event for the game industry and being entrusted with an important cultural touchstone is not a responsibility ReedPop takes lightly. Since ReedPop took on the contract to run E3 six months ago, we’ve worked diligently with ESA members based on their feedback to create a new type of E3 that supports their goals and needs.
This process has taken time due to the tremendous amount of stakeholders offering input, though we appreciate that we could have been more transparent to questions for which we were still finalizing the answers. We continue to work tirelessly to create a show that brings together the global gaming industry. We believe we’ve created a new format for the event that serves the needs of both the industry and its fans, and are committed to building and growing it in the coming years.
As we spent much of 2022 refining how E3 2023 would take shape, reflecting on the feedback we solicited, we did not send a single contract to an exhibitor until the start of this month. We have received a tremendous amount of interest and verbal commitments from many of the biggest companies in the industry, and when we are ready to announce the exhibitors we are confident it will be a lineup that will make the trip to Los Angeles well worth it for the industry and consumers alike.