Geoff Keighley to Skip E3 2020

Geoff Keighley won't attend E3 2020 after 25 years at the event
Geoff Keighley won't attend E3 2020 after 25 years at the event / Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Prominent video games journalist and industry veteran Geoff Keighley announced plans to skip E3 2020 on Wednesday. Keighley has attended every iteration of the event for the past 25 years.

"I've debated what to say about E3 2020," Keighley wrote in a statement. "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."

Keighley began producing E3 Coliseum, the games showcase he introduced with E3 organizer the Electronic Software Association, in 2017. He declined the opportunity to produce it again in 2020, leaving the showcase's future in question.

"I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways ways and at other events in the future," Keighley wrote.

Keighley's departure arrives the same day as a leak revealing a partial list of exhibitors for the event. Sony, Nintendo and Electronic Arts have all opted out of E3, signaling a downward trend in the event's relevance.

A previous leak, discovered in August 2019, publicized the personal information of more than 2,000 journalists who had attended the event.

E3 2020 takes place June 9-11 in Los Angeles. Its official website goes live Thursday.