In the wake of news that game publishers EA and Activision will have reduced presences at this year's E3 — both will show off their games at various press conferences, but neither will have booths — analysts and Hot Takers across the web have been asking a simple question: Is E3 still relevant? This semi-backlash led Rich Taylor, a senior vice president at the E3-organising Entertainment Software Association, to defend their showcase to MCV in an article published this morning.
"The 'is E3 still relevant?' question gets asked every year, and then gets answered in June of that same year with a resounding 'yes'," Taylor said.
Is he right? Well...
15 June 2015: Is this the End of The World as We Know It For E3? - USGamer
11 June 2015: Is E3 Still Relevant? - Nintendojo
8 June 2014: E3 2014: Is the game industry's most important trade show still even relevant? - Financial Post
30 May 2014: Does E3 Still Matter? - Kotaku
21 June 2013: Is E3 still relevant? - GamesRadar
21 June 2013: Is E3 still relevant? The alternative view - GamesRadar
1 June 2012: E3: Not What It Used To Be - GameSpot
24 May 2012: Is E3 Still Relevant? - GamesIndustry.biz
7 June 2011: Is E3 still relevant in an evolving market? - MVC
6 June 2011: E3: Is the video game expo past its prime? - BBC
We look forward to this year's round of questions about E3's relevance. We also look forward to E3.
Photo courtesy of the ESA