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Geoff Keighley Skipping E3 for First Time in 25 Years, Will Still Produce Gamescom Kickoff


The fading institution that is E3 has been dealt another blow. Sony has already announced they won’t be attending the conference for the second straight year, despite launching a new console in 2020, and now The Game Awards head honcho Geoff Keighley has announced he's also no-showing. Keighley has been a presence at the show for 25 years and since 2017 has produced the E3 Coliseum live stage show. Whether Coliseum goes on without him remains to be seen.

Keighley announced he’d be sitting out E3 on Twitter…

E3 2020 Will Be an Exciting, High-Energy Show, Says ESA Following Sony’s Confirmed Absence

For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo. Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has always been a highlight of my year, not to 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.

Keighley’s departure comes as E3 faces challenges on multiple fronts – publisher pull-outs, concerns about information security, and general declining interest and attendance have put the future of the show in question. For their part, E3 organizers are promising a “high-energy” show this year with more of a focus on fan interaction, but it’s unknown what exactly that means. Based on Keighley’s reaction, it seems like some of the changes may be rather divisive!

Meanwhile, Keighley has confirmed he’ll still be producing the Gamescom Opening Night Live show later this summer.

In related news, it seems E3 organizers accidentally leaked a partial (at least I hope it’s partial) list of companies who will actually be attending the show this year.

Microsoft Will Attend E3 2020, Xbox Head Phil Spencer Confirms; Says 2020 is a Milestone for Creativity and Technical Progress

What do you think? Is E3 done for? Will something new take its place, or is Gamescom or some other convention going to become the big gaming event of the year?

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