E3 2023 is yet again canceled after many weeks of speculation. The video game show initially was expected by many to have a really poor outing among the major game publishers in the industry.
E3 2023 Is Canceled
The Electronic Entertainment Expo will not be happening in June as planned anymore. Once one of the biggest gaming events every year, ReedPop, the organizer of the event confirmed on Thursday that E3 2023 event is now canceled.
The Organizer’s Release on the Recent Development
“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,” global vice president of gaming for ReedPop, Kyle Marsden-Kish stated. “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.”
It was earlier reported by IGN, the cancellation thus citing an email sent by the Entertainment Software Association, the group that lobbies for the video game industry, to its several members that had already planned to participate in the E3 event.
The ESA in June revealed its plans to have an in-person show
The ESA back in June revealed its plans to have an in-person show on June 13-26, 2023, following the cancellations of the E3 2020 and 2022 and a digital-only event that was held in 2021. The reported changes to the three shows were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Companies to Back off The Event
Game publishers like Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all said in recent weeks that they would not be in attendance for the reported show thus leading to speculation of the cancelation of the show. And instead, gaming companies and firms such as the ones previously mentioned will likely reveal the rest of their 2023 lineup and beyond in June via their own planned and hosted events. Summer Game Fest, which is a competing event showcasing upcoming games, is still set for a June 8 date.
This year already is shaping up to be a big year for video games, with major franchise releases in the industry including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Diablo 4, and Final Fantasy 16.
It is kind of sad to see E3 go. This is one of the biggest gaming events for a long time running, and once again it is really sad to see it get to this level. Perhaps the ESA can rethink the nature of the event and maybe bring it back in a revamped and updated form that works well and better for everyone who simply cares. Or just maybe, what was once known as the biggest video gaming expo of the year will just get to fade into thin air, time will get to tell.
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