CEA KO's game summit plans

Owners of massive CES show say game show plans shelved--for now.


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."

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