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E3 2023 Has Finally Been Cancelled

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It's finally been confirmed that E3 2023 has been cancelled, as the event is no longer taking place as it couldn't "garner the sustained interest necessary" for it to go ahead.

This news was confirmed by IGN, which has received an email from two anonymous sources that was sent out by the ESA to its official members. It states that while E3 "remains a beloved event and brand", it simply didn't have enough attendees to "showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry." The ESA released an official statement shortly after the news broke, claiming that many developers didn't have "playable demos ready" and that "resourcing challenges" for developers were the primary cause of the cancellation.

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While this news is disappointing, it probably won't come as much of a shock to any of you reading. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all confirmed that they weren't going to be attending E3 this year, putting the entire show into question to begin with. It was then announced that Ubisoft pulled out in favor of broadcasting their own show, before smaller publishers like Sega and Tencent also revealed they weren't going to be there. With that many big names deciding to showcase their Games elsewhere, and more we don't know of, it's no wonder why E3 2023 didn't have the necessary size to go ahead.

That being said, it remains unclear as to whether this is the end of E3 entirely. It's possible the show could return in 2024 in a smaller capacity with a less ambitious scale, as the ESA claims it will continue to work with ReedPop on "future E3 events", but it looks like the days of the massive showcases and dramatic reveals we've come to know the event for are now over. Instead, we have the Summer Games Fest to look forward to later this year, which is set to kick off on June 8.

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