Geoff Keighley, long-time host of E3, has announced he will not be attending the event this year. The announcement comes within recent news that PlayStation would be absent as well this year.
For anyone unfamiliar, Keighley has presented, hosted, and performed interviews at E3 for the past 25 years. He has been the human face to the event for a quarter of a century and helped make the event what it is.
Keighley’s statement reads;
“For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo [E3]. Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has always been a highlight of my year, not mention a defining part of my career.
I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020. While I want to support the developers who will showcase their work, I also need to be open and honest with you, the fans, about precisely what to expect from me.
I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3.
I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways and at other events in the future”.
Whilst his announcement has come as a shock to some in the industry, there are echoes of what others (ie, PlayStation) had referred to. Taking to Twitter (in response to one of the replies on his original post) Keighley noted;
“I think E3 needs to become more digital and global…it’s a brand that means a lot to people, but it shouldn’t just be a show floor”.
To reiterate what PlayStation said about their absence of E3 this year, the console giants stated;
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year”.
Xbox (and Nintendo?) In
So, whilst it may have been the gaming expo for several decades, it seems an industry-wide shift may be occurring. That’s not to say that there is any less intrigue or interest in the event, of course. In fact, the list of confirmed attendees has already been revealed.
The ESA (Entertainment Software Organisation) has seemingly not been too concerned over Keighley’s comments, stating to Kotaku;
“Geoff has been, and continues to be, a strong industry advocate and champion. We appreciate his contributions and hope to have future collaborations”.
Regardless of who is and isn’t present at this year’s event, we will have all of the fallout and reveals of June’s E3 event when it becomes available. Until then, you know what to do.
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