The ESA issues E3 2019 statement, reaffirms commitment from Nintendo, Microsoft, and others

The show will go on, even as Sony bows out. The Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement confirming a full E3 2019 docket that won't include PlayStation.

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The whole complexion of E3 2019 changed in a snap when Sony declared that it would not be attending next year's big trade expo. The biggest gaming show of the year is now expected to look wildly different, but the expo organizers at the Entertainment Software Association appear to be undaunted and are confident that E3 will be as big as it's ever been.

Minutes after Sony was confirmed to step away from E3 2019, the ESA issued a full statement regarding next year's show.

"E3 2018 broke records, and we sold out of both exhibit space and attendee badges," interim ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in the ESA statement. "We are confident that, through the continued creative innovations delivered by our participating member companies, E3 2019 will deliver the same kind of excitement and energy. This year, we're looking forward to expanding E3 beyond the walls of the LACC and connecting gamers and attendees with incredible video game content throughout the entire LA Live complex."

The statement also included votes of confidence from luminaries from across the gaming industry. Quotes were taken from Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime, Microsoft's Phil Spencer, and Epic Games' Donald Mustard all voicing their support for the show. The statement also confirmed that Microsoft, Nintendo, Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Epic, Konami, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive (2K Games), Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. are all committed for next year's show.

E3 2019 is set to run from June 11-13 from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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      November 16, 2018 8:40 AM

      Wait, so does Sony lose it's booth space? If they show up in 2020, does Microsoft get the opportunity to change the order they have to present their press conference? (Microsoft had a slight disadvantage going before Sony)

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        November 16, 2018 8:58 AM

        Sony's not exhibiting at all at E3 space (no conference, no exhibition). That could still mean they will do what EA did (creating a wholly separate experience near the convention center), but reading-between-the-lines, it sounds like Sony simply doesn't plan to have any direct presence there, E3 sanctioned or otherwise.

        This means (likely) that the ESA partners get to fight over divvying up Sony's floorspace, giving any left over to smaller exhibitors not part of ESA.

        As for pressers, MS's most recent ones have been outside the E3 venue (Sunday before). I don't see them having to change that, especially now that there's rumors of hardware to be shown at E3 2019 (new Xbox or new revision, not yet known)

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          November 16, 2018 8:59 AM

          Okay. So it sounds like Sony loses their space permanently.

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            November 16, 2018 9:02 AM

            Yeah. Keeping in mind that we don't know where E3 2020 will be (no commitment has been made for the LA CC after 2019), Sony would likely have to fight to get space back in future years should they decide to return. They're still an ESA partner so would be only fighting other ESA partners, but that can still be difficult.

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              November 16, 2018 9:06 AM

              This is a crazy news, honestly. Also strongly indicates no PS5 in 2019 like some whackos believed.

              Maybe (hopefully) PS5 is a VR machine and since VR doesn't demo well at a live conference Sony is re-thinking their approach to getting the word out about PS5.

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                November 16, 2018 9:17 AM

                It still feels like we shouldn't be talking new console announcements for at least a couple of years given the current generation. With both PS/Xbox refreshes for 4k support, which is currently still bleeding edge, a new console would only be a small incremental increase above the present line. I'd rather not see a new console until there's some external driver (8k tvs?) to make it worth my while.