E3 will take place this July 15 through 17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but now a handful of studios have opted out of displaying at this year’s expo. Studios dropping out of the show include NCSoft, Foundation 9, Her Interactive, Vivendi, and Activision – with the latter two dropping out of the Entertainment Software Association altogether.
The studios cite timing of development cycles and investor relations as the reasons for pulling out, though some are pointing their fingers at discontent with new ESA head Mike Gallagher as the reason behind the falling support of E3. Whatever the reason, it'll be interesting to see how much buzz this year’s E3 can generate now that some big names will be missing from the show.
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