According to a report by IGN – Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony won’t be part of E3 2023. The highly anticipated return of E3’s first physical event in four years was poised to reignite the fervor of past trade shows and bring back the glory of gaming industry’s grandest showcases. However, it seems that the 2023 E3 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in June will be devoid of its three major attractions. According to multiple reliable sources, Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo will not participate in or have a presence at E3 2023.
his news follows Xbox’s announcement last week that it would hold its annual summer showcase in Los Angeles, though the company declined to confirm their participation in the show.
In a recent conversation with IGN, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer stated that the platform’s showcase would be scheduled during a time that is “convenient for press and consumers” attending E3, implying a close correlation with the event. Phil Spencer emphasized Xbox’s endorsement of E3 and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). However, sources indicate that Xbox will not have a physical booth presence at the event.
“E3 is just, to me, one of the seminal moments of gaming. I love the history of going down to LA, thousands of people there, getting to see great new things…getting to see people in the industry, the fan events that we’ve had. I definitely want that to continue,” Spencer said.
“Xbox is on the board of the ESA, and I think a successful and healthy ESA is critical to what we’re trying to go do. So we place our showcase, like we always have done, at a time where hopefully it’s convenient for press and even consumers that are going to the E3 event, and that’s what we’re trying to do now. We will continue to work with ESA in terms of their plans. As I said, we’re on the board, and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to help make the E3 successful.”
Xbox’s intentions for the showcase are yet to be confirmed, but in past years, the company has organized a showcase, preview events, and press mixers. Recently, Xbox has undergone internal layoffs and other cost-saving measures due to a lack of major releases in the past year.