Geoff Keighley, long-time host of E3, has announced that he will not be attending the event this year. The announcement comes in the latest news that PlayStation would be missing this year as well.
For all unknowns, Keighley has presented, moderated and conducted interviews at E3 in the past 25 years. He has been the human face of the event for a quarter of a century and has helped make the event what it is.
Keighley's statement is:
“I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the past 25 years. Covering, hosting and sharing E3 has always been a highlight of my year, not to mention a crucial part of my career.
I discussed what to say about E3 2020. While I want to support the developers who are presenting their work, I also have to be open and honest with you, the fans, about what to expect from me.
I made the difficult decision to refuse to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not take part in E3.
I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways and at other events in the future. "
While his announcement was a shock to some in the industry, there are echoes of what others (ie PlayStation) had referred to. Keighley remarked on Twitter (in response to one of the replies to his original post);
"I think E3 needs to become more digital and global. It's a brand that means a lot to people, but shouldn't just be an exhibition space."
To repeat what PlayStation said about the lack of E3 this year, the console giants stated;
“After a thorough examination, YOU decided not to take part in E3 2020. We have great respect for ESA as an organization, but we do not believe that the vision of E3 2020 is the right place for what we are focusing on this year. ”
Xbox (and Nintendo?) In
So while it may have been the Gaming Expo for several decades seems to have been an industry-wide shift. Of course, this does not mean that there is less intrigue or interest in the event. In fact, the list of confirmed participants has already been published.
We also know that Xbox will have a big presence at this year's event – possibly due to the lack of its (former) main competitors.
The ESA (Entertainment Software Organization) did not appear to be too concerned about Keighley's comments Kotaku;
“Geoff was and is a strong supporter and champion of the industry. We appreciate his contributions and hope for future collaborations. "
Regardless of who is and is not present at this year's event, we will have all the implications and insights from the E3 event in June as it becomes available. Until then, you know what to do.
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