Sony PlayStation has announced that they will not be attending E3 2020.

This marks Sony’s second year of skipping E3, after deciding to not be at the event in 2019 as well.

This year marks a big year for gaming with the launch of PlayStation 5 from Sony and the Xbox Series X from Microsoft. It’s interesting that the company has decided to skip E3 with the launch of their new console this year, but it may show that E3 is starting to wind down in favor of hosting events on their own for their fans.

Sony announced the news in a press statement to outlets this afternoon.

After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson. “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.

“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

The PlayStation 5 is set to launch in Holiday 2020. Activision Publishing is still partnered with Sony for marketing for Call of Duty, and that marketing deal may continue for PS5, but that is yet to be seen.

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