While many industry insiders were expecting news to the contrary, the Consumer Electronics Association, owners of the giant International Consumer Electronics Show, said today that the group will not launch a game-focused event to fill the void created by the downsized and now summer-slated Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The group said its decision was based on "industry feedback and a recent ESA announcement."
The statement continued: "Although CEA was prepared to launch a new event, the recent announcement by ESA that it would open its event to both ESA and non-ESA members and would include PC and wireless gaming, led us to conclude that a new spring West Coast event would likely not serve the best needs of the industry."
While an event this spring now seems unlikely, the statement did not rule out a game-focused show at another time of the year--nor did it rule out a collaboration between it and the ESA in the future. "At this point, we will continue dialogue with the industry to determine if the need for a broader gaming event exists for 2008."