The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event held in June at the Los Angeles Convention Center has become a staple in the gaming industry for fans and followers to look towards some of the most well-known companies to reveal what is next on the schedule. Divided between the scattered press conferences and the three days on the show floor, another highlight of the event is the anticipated E3 Coliseum hosted by Game Awards orchestrator Geoff Keighley.
Keighley since the commencement of E3 back when it was still host in Atlanta has attended the yearly event witnessing the new changes and additions that will be coming to the video game market. However, regarding this year’s event, Keighley tells that this will be his first absence for E3.
On Twitter this week, Keighley shared a letterhead disclosing the unfortunate news and the reasoning that swayed his decision to skip 2020’s E3.
“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 tells in his post yesterday. “I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum.”
The announcement comes as a big surprise for fans seeing that a monumental staple for the yearly show has been removed from E3. In the midst of the news settling, the Electronic Software Association (ESA) which organizes the event has yet to disclose whether the company will find a replacement for Keighley’s absence this year.
Adding on to Keighley playing hooky for E3 later this June, Sony Interactive Entertainment disclosed last month that the console giant will be skipping its second year of the show. A spokesperson for the firm suggested that the decisions made by the ESA for the direction E3 played a major role for Sony’s absence from the event, which is expected to be what also swayed Keighley to pass on E3 this year as well.
Did you watch E3 Coliseum in the previous years?
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo has yet to settle when the event will be scheduled, but registration will go live this coming Saturday, February 15.