The biggest annual gaming event E3 has seen another notable drop-out this year, with long time attendee and E3 Coliseum producer Geoff Keighley opting out of the event.
Geoff Keighley is a long-time industry veteran who has had involvement with numerous notable gaming events over the years. With E3, his involvement mostly pertained to the E3 Coliseum, where he would host dozens of developer interviews and discussions throughout the course of the event, giving viewers additional insight into some of the biggest upcoming games.
The news broke via a statement Keighley made on Twitter, which reads; “I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020. While I want to support the developers who will showcase their work, I also need to be open and honest with you, the fans, about precisely what to expect from me.”
He continues to say; “I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3.” He then concludes by mentioning that he will continue to support the industry in the future with other events.
Keighley is the man behind gamescom’s Opening Night Live event in August, as well as the industries largest award show The Game Awards in December. While he didn’t offer an exact reason behind his decision to step away from E3, it’s likely a mixture of E3’s waning relevance with companies, alongside managing two other large annual shows.