Just last week it was reported that Sony Interactive Entertainment could potentially continue its absence at the annual video game event in Los Angeles by dodging 2020’s E3. Now through confirmation received by gamesindutry.biz, Sony will officially be skipping this June’s show making it the second year in a row that the company has done it.
It has been projected that the company was planning to pass on the yearly gaming event most notably since the plans that the Electronic Software Association (ESA) usually releases this time has yet to be revealed yet. A spokesperson representing Sony had this to say on the matter:
After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.
Following up to the statement made today, it was speculated that Sony would not necessarily require their attendance at the event, specifically when it comes to the upcoming debut for this year’s PlayStation 5. Sony has used a separate venue to officially reveal new hardware, so it was expected that the company would do the same for the next iteration. Although the firm does have a strong presence at the event since the commencement of E3 in 1995, the show does not look to be what Sony would have hoped for.
Adding on, Sony states to be attending countless other events that will take place throughout the course of 2020 to ensure content that will make the consumer excited for the newest installment of PlayStation. “We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
The outlet that received the confirmation does go into detail to suggest that the ESA themselves is the reasoning for Sony’s decision to skip its second year E3. Disclosing that the organizer’s choice to refocus the event’s ambitions towards the industry exclusively rather than being a consumer-focused show is a primary motive for Sony’s choice. Even more, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier tells of a bad relationship between the two parties which he overheard from last years event.
Do you think Sony’s absence makes a difference for E3 overall?