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    SEGA and Tencent to Skip E3 2023, More Publishers to Follow

    The future of E3 looks bleak.

    Representatives from SEGA and Tencent confirm the companies will no longer have a presence at E3 2023. The current trend suggests even more publishers will follow in their footsteps with a growing concern and lack of communication from the ESA and ReedPop. 

    SEGA, Ubisoft, and Tencent Skip E3

    A new report by IGN confirms Tencent (via studio Level Infinite) and SEGA will not participate in E3 2023. Additionally, Bandai Namco declined to provide an update about its status for E3. Bandai Namco plans to participate in Play Days for Summer Game Fest 2023, however.

    On March 27, Ubisoft confirmed it will skip E3 2023 in favor of hosting a Ubisoft Forward presentation on June 12. One day later, Ubisoft announced plans to share updates on several games and announce new projects at Ubisoft Forward. More publishers are planning to announce that they’re skipping E3 entirely as well. 

    “After careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in E3 2023 as an exhibitor,” a SEGA spokesperson said. “We look forward to sharing more information on announced and unannounced projects in the future.”

    IGN claims ReedPop is preparing for an internal shakeup in April 2023. The outlet acquired an email stating that ReedPop president Lance Fensterman is stepping down, leaving vice president Michael Kisken to step up to the role. Formal announcements have not been made to the public, but it appears to be imminent all the same.

    Expected Summer Events

    Nintendo will skip E3 2023 alongside Ubisoft, SEGA, and Tencent. The company will most likely reveal new Nintendo Switch games releasing in the second half of 2023 during a summer Nintendo Direct. Moreover, a few new Nintendo Switch titles for the first half of 2024 will likely be revealed.

    Microsoft will hold its own physical event before E3 week with a Xbox Games Showcase slated for June 11. Further, a dedicated Starfield Direct is also on the way to showcase the new RPG by Bethesda Softworks. Once more, Sony Interactive Entertainment will not attend E3, but a State of Play presentation is expected nonetheless.

    Lastly, E3 2023 is planned to take place from June 13 to 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

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    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected] | Muck Rack: https://muckrack.com/raul-landaverde-1

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