The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has communicated to its members that the E3 2023 was deactivated, according to IGN, and that it would have taken place from June 13 to 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It would have been the first event open to the general public since 2019.
The email sent to ESA members explains that E3 will remain a "renowned event and brand," but that the 2023 edition "did not receive the necessary interest to represent the gaming industry's size, strength, and impact."
The news probably won't surprise many. For years, Sony and Nintendo would have withdrawn from the event, as well as Microsoft, which however, planned to host a showcase alongside it. Earlier, however, the important departures of Ubisoft, Sega, Tencent, and Devolver Digital were reported.
E3 2023 was tasked with resurrecting a three-year absence that was decidedly to be discarded. In fact, the 2020 and 2022 editions were canceled due to Covid-19, while the 2021 edition was carried out only digitally, with little success. At this point, the event is unclear what its future will be, although certain possibilities are not great.