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E3 2019 Schedule For Press Conferences: Times, Dates, And Announcements

E3 is coming in just a few weeks.

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo--E3--returns once again this year, running from June 11-13. It will once again be held in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but this year's E3 will be a bit different, as it continues to move in somewhat of a new direction. Sony will not attend the show or host its usual press conference, while Electronic Arts also won't technically be at E3 itself. Instead, it's again opting to host its pre-E3 EA Play event, which is open to the public and will bring new details about games like Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and Apex Legends. E3 proper is still hosting many big name developers and publishers, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, and Square Enix, which will surely deliver announcements on new games, new trailers, and more news.

Although we're still a few weeks away from E3, most companies have announced their involvement in the show, as well as what can be expected to be revealed during their respective press conferences. Below, we've rounded up all the important times and dates announced for E3 2019. We'll continue to update the article leading up to June, but don't expect any further major developments, as the schedule seems to be largely locked in. We'll also continue to keep an eye on all the games confirmed for E3, and we'll have guides on how to watch each press conference live.

Not every company will have a press conference of its own, but that doesn't mean there won't be any news about their games. Sony not having a press conference likely means its first-party games won't be on display, but Activision will be talking about Call of Duty 2019 at the E3 Coliseum. The game has still not been revealed, but it's rumored to be a new Modern Warfare--but one simply called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, not Modern Warfare 4. That's one of a variety of E3 rumors that looks like it has some legitimacy to it.

Meanwhile, it's unclear if Google has plans to do anything around E3 to promote Stadia, although it has just reaffirmed that a price, release information, and games will be announced sometime this summer. Whether that's during or very close to E3 remains to be seen.

Friday, June 7

Electronic Arts -- The EA Play event begins at the Hollywood Palladium. Attendees can play unreleased EA games and watch presentations. EA Play runs through June 11. [More details]

Saturday, June 8

Nintendo -- The Mario company is holding an eSports tournament in Los Angeles. The Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3 tournament, and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 tournament will be held on June 8. [More details]

Sunday, June 9

Microsoft -- Microsoft has scheduled its traditional Xbox-focused conference for June 9 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. The company plans to "go big," according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Microsoft is expected to announce its new consoles and share more details about Halo Infinite during its press conference but nothing has been specifically confirmed.

Bethesda -- Traditional press conference is held at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET. The company is not expected to talk about The Elder Scrolls 6 or Starfield. [More details]

Monday, June 10

PC Gaming Show -- The PC-focused briefing takes place at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. [More details]

Limited Run Games -- The company responsible for releasing physical versions of digital-only Switch, PS4, and PS Vita titles is holding a conference on June 10 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. No exact announcements have been revealed, but Limited Run plans on showcasing "several upcoming releases" as well as the entire schedule for remaining Vita titles.

Ubisoft -- The Assassin's Creed company will hold its briefing on June 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Little is known about what Ubisoft will talk about, but one rumor is a Watch Dogs 3 reveal. [More details]

Square Enix -- For the second year in a row, the RPG giant is holding its own live E3 presentation. This year, the broadcast will take place on June 10 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET--the time slot that Sony's PlayStation briefing traditionally occupies. Square Enix teases that this year's presentation will showcase "another exciting line up of titles," although no specific games have been confirmed yet. [More details]

Tuesday, June 11

Nintendo -- As the company typically does, Nintendo is airing a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentation on the Tuesday morning of E3 week. The broadcast begins on June 11 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET and will offer viewers a look at "Nintendo Switch games coming in 2019." Afterward, the company will air its annual Treehouse livestream, which will continue throughout the rest of E3 week. [More details]

June 11-13

E3 2019's show floor is open June 11-13. Like the two previous years, E3 2019 is selling tickets to the public. [More details]

E3 2019 Schedule

  • June 7-11 -- EA Play Event
  • June 8 -- Nintendo Invitational Tournaments
  • June 9, 1 PM PT -- Microsoft Press Conference
  • June 9, 5:30 PM PT -- Bethesda Press Conference
  • June 10, 10 AM PT -- PC Gaming Show
  • June 10, 12 PM PT -- Limited Run Games Press Conference
  • June 10, 1 PM PT -- Ubisoft Press Conference
  • June 10, 6 PM PT -- Square Enix Press Conference
  • June 11, 9 AM PT -- Nintendo Direct Showcase
  • June 11-13 -- E3 Show Floor Open
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june 8 for nintendo: lets see what nintendo up in their sleeve for e3 via nintendo e3 2019 direct.

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This is gonna be the shortest E3 yet and the fact most of the leaks always happens before E3 starts juat makes E3 less and less important now.

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I’ve gotta’ say, this is probably the least excited I’ve been in recent memory for an E3. With Sony’s absence the whole event is in many ways kind of anticlimactic.

I’m sure Microsoft will do a good job and capitalize on Sony’s absence but having that sense of competition really brought a different dimension and level of excitement to the entire show.

Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of the end for E3 as personally I see it as our “Superbowl” and more importantly a place for all of us in the gaming world to converge to celebrate over the one thing we all love…



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who cares now. sony pulled out its a matter of time before the rest follow in saving money to just reveal things digitally for cheaper. been going down hill the last 5 years. the trailers and demos arent what they used to be. A bunch of teaser quality trailer more like it ranging from 30-90secs. what happened to the 10-15min trailers like the 2000s. The good times