It’s a sad day for the video game industry when an icon loses its light, shutting its doors to the world, especially, when that icon happens to be the world’s biggest video game convention. Which is exactly what happened to E3 today.
Since 1995, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has been a yearly source for all of the latest in video game releases and news as companies attend to show off everything they are working on and what’s to come next. However, the pandemic put a nail in it that just couldn’t be removed.
Unlike shows like CES, E3 had a hard time getting back on its feet after the shutdown. It tried going all-digital in 2021 after it had to cancel the year before due to the pandemic and has since shattered into pieces as companies bailed from the list. This led to the show getting canceled once again over the last few years as it just couldn’t gather enough interest to justify anything.
— E3 (@E3) December 12, 2023
This is the end of a long run for a show that will be deeply missed. Hopefully, another will take its place someday but, for the moment, it doesn’t look that way. Most companies that have attended over the years have gone their own way with dedicated shows to their own (like Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and more).