E3 2020 Will Be Different, As Geoff Keighley Drops Out Of Coliseum Event

"I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways."

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E3 2020 is getting another shake-up, as host and producer Geoff Keighley has announced he will not be participating in E3 this year. Specifically, he won't be producing E3 Coliseum, the games showcase he introduced in conjunction with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in 2017.

In a statement, Keighley explained his decision and said he looks forward to supporting the industry in other ways:

"For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo," he said. "Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has been a highlight of my year, not to mention a defining part of my career. I've debated what to say about E3 2020. While I want to support the developers who will showcase their work, I also need to be open and honest with you, the fans, about precisely what to expect from me. I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3. I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways and at other events in the future."

Keighley added some additional context in Twitter replies. He said "a ton of factors" went into his decision to back out. "I just don't really feel comfortable participating given what I know about the show as of today." In another tweet, he said his decision to back away wasn't related to money. "We honestly didn't even get that far," he said.

Keighley also produces and hosts The Game Awards, and hosted a similar event at Gamescom last year.

E3 has been undergoing changes over the last few years--both from within the ESA and outside forces. The organization made the show open to the public in 2017, the same year Keighley began the Coliseum showcase. Since then the show floor has been changing, most notably with the absence of PlayStation in 2019. Sony has announced it will once again skip the event this year. The first press conference, from Limited Run Games, was recently announced, and we expect more show details to be coming this week. Check out our E3 2020 confirmed press conference schedule for more.

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They found cool streamers to shill instead.

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Wow!

Says a lot when someone who is somewhat of a big name (media wise.) in our industry decides to skip out after having been to every rendition for the last 25 years.

Yet another strike against the E3 brand. Man, at this point in time I can’t help but be a little bit fearful for the tradeshow’s future; and I mean immediate future.

If Microsoft gets the idea to abandon ship come next year (although why would they when they pretty much have a monopoly on the show as is now.) then I think E3 may be officially done. If that happens it will be a sad day in gaming’s history, that’s for sure.

-SINKING SHIP? NINJA APPROVED-

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Mountain Dew has pulled its sponsorship as well. Doritos could not be reached for comment.

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@Thanatos2k: Oooh that is the mountain dew guy? I know I saw his face somewhere before. He was the guy sitting on a chair surrounded by all the mountain dew products? I remember seeing that some years ago. If I'm not mistaken he's also the guy who sort of insulted Angry Joe at some event, or maybe I'm not thinking of the right person. But the mountain dew thing was hilarious. It was just a job for him I guess but he must have known inside how ridiculous it looked like.

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Who won't produce what?

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