wow so last year it was half-empty cause Sony decided not to show. That's nuts. lmao
I don't know that Sony leaving was a primary factor. I think it'd be more related to inconveniences for fans and journalists. For fans it could be the different day 1 or Day 3 passes. For journalists I heard Easy Allies talk about it and complain about some things, but right now I can't remember what they were, aside from how they had trouble getting from venue to venue. I think I recall Kyle Bossman saying that he decided to stay in his hotel room and watch a stream for at least one particular event.
But if other companies have similar issues with ESA as Sony seem to have, then we may see a domino effect and more prominent names could bow out in the next few years. EA skipped having a conference last year, which iirc was the first time in 10+ years they didn't have one.
One of those may have been being doxxed.
"The Entertainment Software Association, which runs the E3 video game expo, was storing the names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of over 2,000 attendees on a public page on their website. A copy of the list, viewed by BuzzFeed News, was archived on several popular message boards for trolls, and includes the home addresses of many reporters."
2,000 names, addresses (including home), e-mails and phone numbers released. Not just released but released on their own website in plain view.