Nintendo Confirms That It’s Skipping E3 This Year

Nintendo has confirmed that it will not participate in E3 this year. This comes in the wake of a recent report stating the three console makers are skipping the annual event entirely this year. Sony and Microsoft have yet to confirm their attendance. 

In a statement to IGN, Nintendo say E3 didn’t fit into its plans but will continue to support the event alongside its organizer, the ESA. 

“We approach our involvement in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always considering various ways to engage with our fans. Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have made the decision to not participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3.”

Although Nintendo was the first of the three console makers to stop holding traditional E3 press conferences in favor of pre-recorded Direct videos, it was also the last one to have a traditional booth on the show floor. Up until the last traditional show in 2019, Nintendo still had a large, often elaborate booth with demos where it broadcasted its Treehouse Live stream. Xbox moved its booth out of the convention center to the Microsoft Theater next door in 2018; Sony pulled out of the event entirely in 2019 and hasn’t returned. 

E3 2023 is being organized by ReedPop, the company responsible for organizing PAX and Star Wars Celebration. It runs from June 13-16 and will have dedicated attendance days for industry and fans. The show has no exhibitor list yet, but Ubisoft recently confirmed it will attend E3 if it happens. It will be the first in-person show since the 2019 edition and only the second to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic started (the 2020 and 2022 editions were completely canceled while 2021 was a virtual event). 

[Source: IGN]

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