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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

E3 2023 for June 13–16 2023

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's really cool that we know this now.

A few months ago, you ought to remember that I commentated on the news that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2023 will be managed by an events company called ReedPop, because the sponsor, the Entertainment Software Association, couldn't handle the logistical and creative elements of having E3 2023 be a relevant event that companies and customers would want to participate in.

In what is already a good sign, ReedPop has announced that E3 2023 will be taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2023. June 13 and June 14 (Tuesday and Wednesday) will be for companies to give presentations and hold business meetings, while June 15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday) will have customers descend to the show floors at the Los Angeles Convention Center to try things out and participate. ReedPop also wants attendees to actually have things to do while there, so the digital experience isn't so easily superior to being there physically.

The reason that it's a good sign is that it's a welcome early announcement, compared to the likes of E3 2021 where they announced it would happen just two months in advance. That means you can schedule time right now for then! It speaks to the competence of ReedPop in understanding the fundamental principle that the further out you announce when your big event will be, the easier that people you want to come to your event can actually attend it. (Compare this to companies like Nintendo and Sony announcing events the day before they happen at during-work-hours times.)

Speaking of scheduling, there'll be an E3 app that lets you schedule meetings. ...Yeah, whatever. The article makes that seem like a big deal, but I'm not terribly impressed. I'm also not impressed with them insisting on giving legitimacy to Summer Games Fest (Geoff Keighley's event where he flings crap at you for attention) in order to play nice and be inclusive.

Unless you're a game developer (and chances are, if you're reading this, you're not... but if you ARE one, I'd love to hear from you), chances are you don't care about this stuff and you just want to know if your favourite videogame company will announce cool stuff at E3 2023. And we don't know that yet because companies haven't committed to showing up. ReedPop is just now asking companies to come. So... more to come on that in the future. Either way, I'm sure KoopaTV will have a virtual presence.

What do you think about E3 2023's direction so far? Have you dismissed its potential because you're one of those people who have long since dismissed E3's relevance? Ludwig hasn't ever gotten to that point of cynicism yet and he sees no reason to do that based on prior performance. He's already planning around June 13 through 16 2023, and it feels great to do that in 2022.

Allegedly, none of the big three console manufacturers will have any involvement at E3 2023, severely weakening the event.
E3 2023 got cancelled altogether, since companies did not want to participate in it.


  1. I'm a game developer...wannabe. ^^; At this point it's been relegated to one of those "one day in the future when I have my crap together" dreams. :/

    1. Ah...hah... E3 might not be right for you in that case if you have nothing to sell yet.

      Maybe GDC.

    2. Game Developers Conference.

  2. this could be fun, if the right people show up. No nintendo, it's already lame. No Sony and what's even the point. E3 really needs something unique to maintain it's reason for existence. Maybe more concept art, voice actor stuff. Things the dedicated fans really care about. If they could somehow figure out a way to make playing game demos/teasers quicker and easier for the people showing up, that would make a huge difference. I mean I'd love to get an early sneak peak, but I am certainly not going to wait 3-4 hours for it. Honestly, it's nice nostalgia but sooner or later E3 will die if something doesn't change. Then again, they said the same thing about the newspaper.

    1. Sony hasn't been coming for a bit, but I don't miss 'em.

      My big complaint with, say, demos and such is that they're exclusive to people who go to E3 and they aren't later digitally distributed to everyone.

    2. i was thinking it'd be cool if you only had to use your phone (and they lend a controller) to get a demo experience, but then what's the point of buying the console? If not for the hackers, we'd probably get more snippets/demos. But of course without the hackers we wouldn't know anything about all the behind the scenes of the game industry we know today.

    3. I wonder if people can data-mine cloud-streamed games/demos?

    4. Given enough time, the people today can do anything. Honestly it's kind of inspiring, if not always entirely illegal.

    5. I wouldn't say inspiring, but I do acknowledge that data miners often do communities a service.


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