E3 2023 has been Officially Announced as Cancelled

Majority of them aren't interested anymore.

E3 2023 has been Officially Announced as Cancelled
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The 2023 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, has been cancelled.

Previously, E3 was slated to take place in person for the first time since 2019 from June 13–16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the gaming convention—once thought to be the most important industry showcase—was postponed in 2020 and 2022. In 2021, a virtual version of the expo was conducted.

The news was first brought to light by IGN, quoting while E3 "remains a beloved event and brand," the 2023 iteration "simply did not garner the sustained interest necessary to execute it in a way that would showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry."

In a combined official statement, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and show organiser ReedPop confirmed the cancellation of the physical and digital events.

Kyle Marsden-Kish, Reedpop's Global VP of Gaming, said: "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.

"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. For those who did commit to E3 2023, we're sorry we can't put on the showcase you deserve and that you've come to expect from ReedPop's event experiences."

While it may have come as a surprise, the event's cancellation could have been predicted after renown publications and businesses chose not to attend. Some of the famous names like Ubisoft, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, Sega, Tencent, and others were among them.