The event itself seemed essentially dead in the water when Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all pulled out or confirmed they would not be attending E3 2023. However, the final nail in the coffin seemed to be Sega, Tencent, and Bandai Namco all announcing in March 28th, 2023 that they were withdrawing from E3 2023.
When E3 2022 was cancelled, the Entertainment Software Association (i.e, ESA), the organizer of the convention, were pretty immediate in confirming that they were committed to rebooting and hosting the event in 2023. This time, however, many have noted that the ESA and its partner, Reed Pop, have made no comments pertaining to any guarantees of an E3 2024. So, this might be the end.
It's certainly a turn of events considering less than one year ago ReedPop, the planners for PAX, New York Comic Con, and the Star Wars Celebration were the new hosts and organizer. However, reports are emerging that former participants want follower exhibition fees and the adoption of a hybrid model rather than all in-person, and the ESA and ReedPop wanted things the "old way." Also, publishers hosting their own streams and exhibitions have proven successful enough in the past in terms of drawing up excitement for upcoming titles and new industry partnerships. Though E3 2023 might be dead, the following events are still on:
- Summer Game Fest
- Xbox Games Showcase
- Something From Ubisoft