Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, and Nintendo to skip E3 2023, according to IGN sources [Update]All three major platform holders reportedly set to sit out the event.
Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, and Nintendo will not attend E3 2023, according to an IGN report citing “multiple knowledgeable sources.”
While Microsoft has recently confirmed that it will “return to Los Angeles for our yearly showcase this summer,” it did not specify whether it would be as part of E3 2023.
Speaking to IGN last week, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said it was timing its showcase at a moment “convenient for press and even consumers,” suggesting it will be held roughly around the same time as E3 2023.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has not participated at an E3 since E3 2018.
Neither the Entertainment Software Association—the organization that runs E3—nor any of the three platform holders have commented on IGN’s report.
E3 2023 will run from June 13 to 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Read more here.
Update 01/31/23 at 7:00 p.m.: The Entertainment Software Association has addressed IGN’s report, but did not confirm or deny its claims.
Get the full message below, via IGN.
As you have likely seen, IGN published an article last night about E3. While we are not able to comment on the specific claims in the article, we wanted to share our commitment to moving forward with E3.
E3 has a rich history within our industry, and we are always heartened to feel the passion for the show and hear what it means to different people. Reviving a tradeshow after a three-year hiatus and a global pandemic was always going to have its challenges, which is why we conducted an extensive search (in consultation with the ESA member companies) to identify the best partner to produce E3. In selecting ReedPop as our partner, we have been able to tap into their rich history of hosting popular industry events, like PAX, and broader consumer shows, like Comic-Con.
They have made strong progress in reshaping the event and have received tremendous support from industry companies of all sizes who are not only thinking about E3 2023, but how E3 fits into marketing plans for 2024 and beyond.
It’s important to note that even as the show evolves and adapts, it will not impact the core of ESA’s work for its member companies. Our priority remains advocating for your policy interests on the state and federal level.
We will share news and developments regarding E3 as they are available. If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out to me. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Xbox, meanwhile, is reported by IGN to be working with ReedPop to host a separate physical showcase at the Los Angeles Convention Center the weekend before E3 2023.