E3 exhibitor list leaks as Geoff Keighley backs out of E3 Coliseum

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Whelp.

More bad news for the ESA, the organisers of E3 2020 — E3 Coliseum host Geoff Keighley has confirmed he will not take part in this year’s event on the same day a list of 2020 exhibitors was leaked.

“For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo. Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has been a highlight of my year, not to mention a defining part of my career. I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020,” Keighley advised on Twitter.

“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. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3.”

The statement came as ResetEra users found a public-facing website that listed all of E3 2020’s exhibitors. The website was quickly password protected after the find; the ESA issued a formal statement shortly afterward.

“Several leading video game companies have already committed to participating in E3 2020, including Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Bethesda Softworks, SEGA, Capcom, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive Software, Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., and Warner Bros. Games, among others,” the ESA’s press release reads.

Online registration for E3 2020 begins 16 February at 3.00 am AEDT; last year, a listing of registrants personal details was made available as a public-facing spreadsheet on the E3 2019 website.