Gaming E3 2023 is cancelled

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The planned big return of E3 in 2023 has been cancelled, as the ESA says it has been forced to pull the plug due to a lack of interest.

E3 used to be the videogame industry's premiere showcase event, but it was brought low in 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic. That led major publishers to hold their own online events instead, and that actually worked out pretty well, leading to serious questions about E3's relevance in the streaming era.

Those questions grew even louder as major publishers opted out of this year's event. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all declared in January that they wouldn't be taking part, while Ubisoft, which had previously committed, pulled out earlier this week.

E3 2023 was being organized by ReedPop, which runs PAX, New York Comic Con, and other conventions. Just last month, ReedPop president Lance Fensterman said that E3 2023 was "full speed ahead." Not anymore.

 
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