Damn, it’s not been a good few years for E3, has it? Indeed, with the event not going ahead in 2020 and 2022 and the 2021 event being a low key affair compared to usual, the show has basically been on the verge of cancellation ever since the pandemic.
And now it seems 2023 won’t buck that trend. Why? Because once again, E3 has been cancelled, with the ESA announcing on Twitter than the event wouldn’t be going ahead this year either:
News on #E32023 from the source. pic.twitter.com/BK7TUlb8mZ
— E3 (@E3) March 30, 2023
It’s disappointing, but sadly it’s not exactly much of a surprise. Why? Well to put it bluntly, because just about every relevant company had already dropped out of the show prior to the news.
For instance, back in February the three console manufacturers announced they wouldn’t be there, with Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft all announcing they wouldn’t be present at the event at all.
And it only got worse from there. Indeed, in the weeks and months to follow, Sega, Bandai Namco, Tencent and Ubisoft also all announced their absence from the show too, with the likes of Konami and Square Enix being the only companies left in the running.
So it’s not really a surprise it got canned. After all, you can’t hold a gaming show without any of the biggest companies in the industry. It’d be like hosting an Olympics without the US, China or any European countries. Or if the top 50 tennis players all decided to drop out of Wimbledon.
Either way, it’s official. E3 is cancelled, and won’t be happening in any form this year.
But what do you think about it? Are you disappointed to go another year without E3? Who else predicted the event would be cancelled when the console manufacturers dropped out back in February?
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