Geoff Keighley has been hosting the E3 Coliseum for a few years now but now is backing down due to all of the recent controversies surrounding the showcase. The Dorito Pope himself has confirmed the news, citing he wasn’t comfortable with what’s been going on with the ESA and the talk around the show as his reasoning.
“Given what has been communicated about E3 so far, I just don’t feel comfortable participating this year,” Keighley told The Hollywood Reporter. He added, “For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo,” says Keighley. “Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has been a highlight of my year, not to mention a defining part of my career. I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020. 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.”
As mentioned in our earlier coverage about a recent E3 exhibitors leak, Ever since E3 opened to the public, the general reaction from the industry side of the spectrum has seen a massive decline in the showcase’s integrity and what it has to offer. Pair that with the massive leak that put all media and influencers in danger when their full names, addresses, and other personal information was leaked, and we’ve got a very interesting predicament. The ESA has yet to issue an apology that the industry felt was genuine, so it will be very intriguing to see how E3 2020 pans out in terms of attendance and the quality of work it spawns.
While the showcase is still turning out huge audience counts, the number has been on the decline since going public and the recent worries of too much hype over what’s actually delivered. With big names like EA, Nintendo, and Sony also throwing in their proverbial towels, the evolution of what E3 has been, is currently, and will be has been one to watch and – at times – almost cringe at.
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