Start of E3 DownfallThe Electronic Entertainment Expo was once the holy mecca of gaming news. Journalists across the globe would travel to Las Angeles to get first-hand knowledge and experience of new and upcoming games. However, over the past few years, the shine of the event has begun to turn in to rust. Some will say that the downfall begun when there was a shift from journalist being the key focal point to fans. E3 2017 was the first year fans could purchase a ticket and quickly 15,000 of them were sold. This quickly became an issue for a lot due to the crowds being way more than normal. Additionally, some journalists felt as if the massive crowds of fans it took away from the pristine of the event.
Mad, Mad JournalistE3 2019 all in all went off without a hitch. We saw some amazing games and had some fun announcements. However, its what we learned after the event that upset a ton of journalist. According to reports E3’s public website featured a link to a spreadsheet containing the sensitive information, which includes email addresses, addresses, and phone numbers for members of the media who attended the show. Obviously this did not go over with the media who had to promptly change their phone numbers to prevent harassing phone calls. The ESA acted swiftly and issues out an apology.
“ESA was made aware of a website vulnerability that led to the contact list of registered journalists attending E3 being made public,” the ESA said in a statement. “Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available. We regret this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again.”
PlayStation Pulls OutAlthough we never got to experience E3 2020 it was not off to a good start. The ever so popular PlayStation pulled out of E3 due to the event not aligning with their plans for the year 2020. They issue out the following statement;
Sony’s absence left a lot of gamers saddened. There is a big subsection of gamers & journalists who believe PlayStation is the highlight of the event and that their absence would severely hurt E3 for 2020 and beyond if they never returned.
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year,”