Ubisoft CEO casts doubt over E3 2023 going forward

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has steered E3 2023 could not go forward.

After E3 2022 was cancelled final yr, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) confirmed the showcase would return in 2023. “We will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalised physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” mentioned the corporate, confirming it might be held in Los Angeles as regular.

Later that yr, ESA president Stan Pierre-Louis then confirmed E3 2023 can be an in-person and digital occasion earlier than dates have been introduced in September.

“We’re excited about coming back in 2023 with both a digital and an in-person event,” mentioned Pierre-Louis. “As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there’s a really strong desire for people to convene — to be able to connect in person and see each other and talk about what makes games great.”

According to organisers, E3 2023 will happen from June 13 to June 16 with “partnered digital events and showcases” set to kick off June 11.

E3. Credit: Christian Petersen / Gettyimages.
E3. Credit: Christian Petersen / Gettyimages.

However Ubisoft has now implied E3 2023 is probably not going forward.

Speaking on an earnings name yesterday (February 16), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned: “If E3 happens, we will be there and we will have a lot of things to show.” After it was reported by VGC, Ubisoft refused to remark.

As it stands, Ubisoft hasn’t missed an E3 present in over 20 years. However earlier this yr, it was reported that Xbox, Nintendo and Sony are all set to skip E3 2023.

Microsoft is ready to host a summer time showcase in Los Angeles throughout E3, with CEO Phil Spencer saying: “E3 is just, to me, one of the seminal moments of gaming. I love the history of going down to LA, thousands of people there, getting to see great new things…getting to see people in the industry, the fan events that we’ve had. I definitely want that to continue.”

“So we place our showcase, like we always have done, at a time where hopefully it’s convenient for press and even consumers that are going to the E3 event, and that’s what we’re trying to do now.” However he didn’t affirm whether or not Microsoft can be collaborating within the precise E3 conference.

As beforehand reported, E3 2023 can be run by PAX organiser Reedpop, alongside the ESA.

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