Sony has confirmed the rumors. They will skip E3 for the second consecutive year. They will not be attending E3 2020 in June.
In a statement via Gamesindustry.biz, a spokesperson for Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed the news.
“After thorough evaluation, SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” a spokesperson from Sony Interactive Entertainment said. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.
Furthermore, they stated that the company will attend smaller events. And hinted that the company would hold its own events for this year.
“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
This news marks another huge blow to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). And even E3 as a whole. Sony backed out of E3 last year. But with the upcoming PlayStation 5 slated to release, the consequences this time around for E3 are bigger compared to last year.
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