Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards and the legendary Dorito Pope himself, has declined to attend this year’s E3.
This information was announced in a tweet posted today by Keighley, which reads as follows:
A STATEMENT FROM GEOFF KEIGHLEY ON E3
For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo. Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has always 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 then answered several questions on Twitter, clarifying the reason for his decision. “I think E3 needs to become more digital and global.” Said Geoff, when asked about what changes should be made to keep E3 more relevant. “It’s a brand that means a lot to people, but it shouldn’t just be a show floor.”
When asked what fueled his decision not to participate, Keighley replied, “A ton of factors, I just don’t really feel comfortable participating given what I know about the show as of today.” A vague post, but with his lengthy involvement in the expo, it’s easy to speculate that he may have seen some unpleasant things behind the scenes.
This follows last month’s news of Sony skipping E3 2020, undoubtedly a blow to the expo, which has been running yearly since 1995. We’ll keep you posted if any more information breaks on this topic.