Sega and Tencent have joined the growing list of companies that will not be exhibiting at E3, as reported by IGN. Ubisoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have previously announced their intentions to skip the event. The absence of these major players has left the overall state of E3 in doubt.
Industry sources have expressed confusion about the situation at E3, stating that there has been a significant lack of communication from organizers ReedPop and ESA. They also report that they have not heard of any other companies who plan to attend for sure.
Although only Tencent and Sega have confirmed their absence to IGN, the publication understands that there are other companies not attending who have not yet made an official announcement. “After careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in E3 2023 as an exhibitor,” said Sega to IGN. “We look forward to sharing more information on announced and unannounced projects in the future.”
In addition to the exhibitor exodus, ReedPop is also undergoing an internal shakeup next month, with company president Lance Fensterman leaving and vice president Michael Kisken taking over.
E3 2023 was supposed to mark the return of the iconic industry event after a four-year hiatus. However, concerns are mounting within the industry about whether E3 will proceed as planned. ReedPop and ESA have not responded to IGN’s request for comment, nor have they issued any official announcement regarding what to expect at E3.