The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has officially be cancelled for good by the events organizer, the Electronics Software Association (ESA). A statement was released on the E3 X formally known as Twitter page announcing the end of the long running event.
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E3 Comes to an Official End
The event first too place 28 years ago and last had a full version of the event in 2019. E3 was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event returned in 2021 as a one day virtual event, and would be the final version of the show to take place. ReedPop, who organizes events such as C2E2, New York Comic Con, PAX, and other entertainment industry events was scheduled to work on the 2023 edition of the event, but was cancelled due to lack of substantial interest. Major developers Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft had not planned on attending the 2023 event.
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E3 was often seen as a tentpole event in gaming where developers would announce plans for major games and consoles. Although the expo was designed to be an industry trade show, a limited number of passes were made available to the public to attend. The Expo was highly covered and broadcasted through major gaming news publishers such as IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and other outlets.
Throughout the final years some publishers such as Electronic Arts (EA) had begun to skip the event in favor of their own event to announce upcoming projects. Although the expo had varied in popularity especially in the later years, it was always an event that gamers looked forward to and anticipated.