E3 2020 Dates Announced Even As Show Reveals Lower Attendance This Year

E3 2020 Dates Announced Even As Show Reveals Lower Attendance This Year

Photo: Chris Reed

Photo: Chris Reed


Get ready for E3 2020 on June 9th-11th, 2020. Which, in case you’re not keeping up with the date is next week… Sorry, I mean: it feels like it's next week.

The expo has announced its dates for next year as the final day of the convention for 2019 came to a close. With reports coming in that the show had 3,000 fewer attendees than last year, it’s hard not to wonder what might change next year to attempt to attract more visitors.

At the same time, it was a weird convention this year. EA continued its off-site thing on its own with EA Play, Activision still had no booth like the hay-days of E3 and, of course, Sony was not in attendance.

Sony’s lack of attendance might be an easy write-off for less interest in E3 this year. There’s bound to be a bunch of fans that have no interest if PlayStation isn’t there, and the same would presumably go for Microsoft and Nintendo.

But what we do know is that the next Xbox will be coming in Holiday 2020, and the next PlayStation will, presumably, be arriving either before that or sometime shortly after. Which means E3 2020 will probably be full of a lot of next-gen games and talk, which is going to be a lot more exciting to not only tech industry writers, games industry folk, but also the general public. I’d expect an uptick in interest going into E3 next year.

What do you think though? Is E3 becoming less and less interesting because of things like Nintendo DIrects and PlayStation’s State of Plays spreading news, or is it simply an end of generation E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below.


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