Ten more companies to join the lineup for this year’s E3

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that ten companies would join the E3 lineup to reveal new information about their upcoming games. The biggest names on the list are Sega, Square Enix and Bandai Namco Entertainment.

Credit: Bandai Namco

The other seven companies completing the line-up are Xseed Games / Marvelous USA, Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon and Binge.com.

These ten studios join some of the biggest companies in the gaming industry, including Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive and Warner Bros. Games, who confirmed that they would participate in the event this year.

ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said of the announcement, “E3 2021 will continue its legacy as the premier event in the video game industry as we add new publishers, sponsors and partners. We can’t wait to share more details about this virtual event with viewers around the world. “

Credit: Square Enix

A notable absence comes in the form of Konami, who was part of last month’s initial announcement, but dropped out earlier this week for not being ready on time.

Both the new format for this year’s all-digital E3 and Konami’s withdrawal are a few examples of how the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the video game industry.

There are a handful of other publishers who have not indicated that they would participate in the show at all. Those include Sony, Activision Blizzard and EA, who have made no announcement regarding their participation in the show. This makes sense, however, as those companies were largely absent from previous E3s. This may be because they prefer to organize their own events.

With the ten companies joining the lineup for this year’s E3, the event will hopefully be an exciting time for the games industry.

To read our previous coverage of this year’s E3, or to read the official statement from ESA, click here, click here.

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