E3 Coliseum is the official show arranged by the company behind the larger E3 event.
"This certainly wasn't an easy decision to make, but I think it's the right one for me - and I wanted fans to know before tickets go on sale", he said. 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.More news: Lungi Ngidi stalls England charge to win thrilling first T20 global
When asked why he's chose to quit the show, Keighley said E3 has so far failed to evolve as an event. The annual industry expo isn't as relevant as it was once, and with each new headline, I get more and more of a sense that E3 2020 will be the end of an era.
"I think E3 needs to be more digital, global and inclusive in its approach to connecting gamers and celebrating the industry".
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The news will cause further embarrassment for E3 owner the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which also failed to secure PlayStation's attendance at the Los Angeles event for a second consecutive year. Sony skipped E3 last year, a surprise compounded by the news that it would be skipping this year's show as well despite having a new console to promote launching in the holiday season.
The games industry veteran and director of The Game Awards, Keighley posted a statement announcing "the hard decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum". Now, for the first time in 25 years, Keighley says he will not participate in E3.
Commenting on his involvement with E3 in August 2019, Keighley said his philosophy across his events was always to bring everyone to the same table. It'll certainly be interesting to see how well E3 2020 is received when it takes place this summer.More news: Samsung unveils its new foldable Galaxy Z phone
"As someone who attended E3 for more than two and a half decades, there are of course a lot of emotions".