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Geoff Keighley to skip E3 2020 for the first time in 25 years

Published: 17:27, 12 February 2020
image showing industry veteran Geoff Keighley at E3 2019
Geoff Keighley at E3 2019

Industry veteran and The Game Awards host and creator Geoff Keighley will not be attending the world's biggest gaming expo E3 for the first time in 25 years.

After Sony decided to skip E3 for the second year in a row, today, The Game Awards creator and host and industry veteran Geoff Keighley announced that he will not be attending E3 2020. Keighley announced the news on where he wrote that for the first time in 25 years, he will not be covering E3. Here is the statement in full:

"For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo. 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.

I have made a difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3. I look forward to supporting industry in other ways and at other events in the future."

Keighley did not reveal the exact reason for his decision but when asked why is he bowing out, he replied that "it is no secret that E3 needs to evolve" and he has lots of ideas around that but at the moment, he chooses the wait and see approach. "I’m looking forward to learning more about the ESA’s vision for the show beyond what was in the blog post last week," Keighley commented.

As you may know, E3 is the biggest event in the world for games but in the last few years, many have started to question its vision, including the Japanese tech giant Sony, who stated that they are not sure if the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for their products in 2020.

E3 2020 will run from Tuesday, 9 June until Thursday, 11 June 2020.

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