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E3 Videogame Expo Bids Farewell after 20 Years


The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the brains behind the E3 videogame expo, has announced that the long-standing event is officially calling it quits after two decades.


In a statement on Tuesday, Stanley Pierre-Louis, the President and CEO of ESA, revealed, "After more than two decades of serving as a central showcase for the US and global video game industry, ESA has decided to end E3."


The Washington-based ESA had been hosting this mega videogame trade show annually since 1995, mainly in Los Angeles. However, the event faced a hiccup in 2020 when it was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, a virtual version of the expo was held.


Pierre-Louis emphasized, "ESA’s focus and priority remain advocating for ESA member companies and the industry workforce who fuel positive cultural and economic impact every day."


E3 had been a crucial platform for major gaming players to unveil their latest releases. In 2005, it saw the launch of iconic consoles like the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. However, recent years witnessed a shift, with gaming giants like Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony opting for their own digital gatherings. Last year, these industry leaders chose to skip E3's attempted revival.


It's the end of an era for E3, marking the conclusion of a 20-year run that shaped the landscape of the videogame industry.



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