Geoff Keighley Will Not Participate in E3 2020

Matthew Byrd

Feb 13, 2020

Geoff Keighley choice to withdraw from E3 2020 raises severe considerations about this 12 months's present.

Online game host and persona Geoff Keighley has brought about fairly a stir by asserting that he is not going to be collaborating in E3 2020. 

“For the previous 25 years, I’ve attended each Digital Leisure Expo”, writes Keighley in a letter posted by way of Twitter. “I’ve made the tough choice to say no to provide E3 Coliseum. For the primary time in 25 years, I can’t be collaborating in E3. I stay up for supporting the business in different methods and at different occasions sooner or later.”

The Coliseum that Keighley notes refers back to the E3 Coliseum program which Keighley has hosted previously. This system was usually dedicated to interviews, business talks, and comparable content material. As Keighley says, although, his participation in E3 (in some type or one other) dates again to the origins of the present itself. 

Not completely happy with Keighley’s rationalization, some followers have begun to ask him additional questions by way of Twitter and different retailers relating to his choice to not take part on this 12 months’s present. Keighley hasn’t mentioned a lot else, however he did word that this choice was not based mostly solely on the truth that firms like Sony is not going to be current at this 12 months’s E3. Nonetheless, he talked about that the absence of some main online game names was a “contributing issue” in direction of his choice. He additionally famous that he can be prepared to returning to E3 2020 sooner or later and that “That is only a choice associated to E3 2020.”

So what can we make of all of this? Clearly, we will not inform you precisely what went into Keighley’s choice as solely he actually is aware of the reply to that query. What we are able to inform you is that this choice is about extra than simply whether or not or not Keighley can be at E3 2020. No, it is actually concerning the present itself. 

We have spoken earlier than about reported plans to alter the character of E3, and up to date particulars seemingly verify that transition is properly underway. Merely put, E3 will seemingly lean barely away from being the business hotspot for main reveals that it was previously. Current info suggests that it’s going to as a substitute be a extra fan-focused occasion which will cater extra in direction of dwell attendees. It appears possible that this variation in path merely did not mesh with Keighley’s intentions for the present.

With digital reveal packages reminiscent of Nintendo’s Direct streams and even the Recreation Awards present that Keighley hosts changing into more and more standard methods to current a lot of the knowledge that was largely restricted to E3, maybe it ought to come as no shock that increasingly figures and corporations related to the present are steadily strolling away from it. 

Matthew Byrd is a workers author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Area to an more and more perturbed sequence of editors. You possibly can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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