E3 2019 was a weird year for the gaming convention, with the absence of Sony and PlayStation creating a large void that will continue into 2020. However, the bad news continues as longtime partner Geoff Keighley has announced that he will also not be at this year’s show after 25 years.
Over on Twitter, Keighley stated that not only will he not be at the show, he will also not be producing the E3 Coliseum, an important part of the E3 experience.
“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,” Keighley said. “For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3.”
In a piece on The Washington Post, he further explained his stance on skipping E3 for 2020.
“Based on what’s been communicated to me about the show, I just don’t feel comfortable participating. It’s no secret that E3 needs to evolve and I have lots of ideas around that, but have decided to take a wait-and-see approach,” Keighley explained. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the ESA’s vision for the show beyond what was in the blog post last week.”
With the convention planning to shift directions with a heavier emphasis on celebrities, streamers, and influencers, it has certainly divided the gaming audience on what it truly means to be at E3. Both Sony and now, Geoff Keighley, have made their stances clear, and it will be interesting to see what transpires from June 9 to 11 later this year.