A list of E3 exhibitors has leaked, confirming the appearance of several game companies at the industry event.
The leak was spotted by a ResetEra on a leaked E3 2020 website which is scheduled to go live on February 13th. The site, which is currently hosted on the WebOps platform Pantheon.io, was publicly available without password. The site has since been taken down.
According to the website, the game companies participating in the event include Activision Publishing, Inc., Amazon Game Studios, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Capco, Epic Games, SEGA, Take-Two, THQ Nordic, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and many more.
Along with the list of exhibitors, the site explains that E3 owner the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has increased security measures regarding data collection from media representatives after last year’s fiasco in which a list of personal details belonging to over 2,000 attendees leaked.
The event is scheduled to take place from June 9th to the 11th at the LA Convention Center and the leaked site was only scheduled to go live tomorrow (February 13th).
Over the last few years, the ESA has been facing pressure to keep E3 relevant. Several video game companies and tech giants have dropped from the event including EA, Nintendo and, most recently, Sony PlayStation who confirmed last month that they will not be appearing at this year’s event. Microsoft, however, has confirmed that they will be making an appearance.
Last month, we reported that the ESA is looking to “shake things up” for the upcoming event by collaborating with new industry insiders and creative partners. According to the ESA, the event will feature “surprise guests, amazing stage experiences” and more.
Geoff Keighley Skips E3 2020
Geoff Keighley is a prominent figure in video game media who hosts video game events and is responsible for the E3 Coliseum series of interviews that take place each year during the industry event.
The award show host has appeared at the trade show since it first began but now, for the first time in 25 years, he’s revealed that he will not be participating in this year’s E3 event.
Keighley announced the news in a tweet, writing: “I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020. 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. I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum.”
In a later statement to the Washington Post, he explained: “Based on what’s communicated to me about the show, I just don’t feel comfortable participating. It’s no secret that E3 needs to evolve and I have lots of ideas around that, but have decided to take a wait-and-see approach. I’m looking forward to learning more about the ESA’s vision for the show beyond what was in the blog post last week.”
The move comes as a heavy blow for E3, particularly after the leaked list of exhibitors. The ESA has not yet issued a statement.
Image credit: E3 Expo
Update: Probable Cause Leakage
According to We Code the most probable cause is security feature that’s built into the hosting platform.
The site is hosted by WebOps platform, Pantheon. Cofounder and Head of Product, Josh Koenig, has addressed it on Twitter
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