(Update) A SIE Spokesperson has Confirmed the following news to Gamesindustry.biz:

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. 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.”

(Original story) Rumors began circulating last week that Sony would once skip attending E3 2020 and will instead have their own summer event to focus on the PS4/upcoming PS5.

Now Jason Schreier (Kotaku) and Daniel Ahmad (Gaming Analyst/Insider) have provided some information on the matter. These two know people who know people, if you know what I mean.

Jason offered his opinion on the matter first, which was then quoted by Daniel who added that we’ll get some kind of confirmation regarding the matter today.

This isn’t a good sign for E3, but for those of us who attended E3 2019 you could tell something was off without Sony being there. Did it hurt Sony not being there? No. The PS4 was still the second best-selling console in the world. Hell, the game of the show, Final Fantasy VII Remake, won game of the show and was easily one of the biggest draws on the show floor. As you know it’s a timed console exclusive until March 3rd, 2021, so it had people talking about PlayStation.

Do you think Sony should skip E3 2020 in favor of their own event? Let us know in the comments below!