E3 2019 date – when is the next Electronic Entertainment Expo, and where can I watch live?

E3 2019 officially runs from Tuesday June 11 to Thursday June 13, 2019.

But the action is starting this week, with Google firing the starting gun by dropping lots of information on Stadia on Thursday, June 6.

Fortnite had a huge presence at the 2019 show, despite lacking upcoming content to promote
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EA Play is returning this coming weekend, with the FIFA publisher running its own event on the weekend before the show.

It will be showing off FIFA 20 as well as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and new stuff for The Sims 4.

The show itself might be a bit more low-key than years past, because Sony and Activision are both skipping it.

Timings for all the live-streamed briefings can be found below.


When are the main briefings being streamed?

All times are correct for the UK.


Thursday, June 6

Google, 5p.m. BST – watch it here


Saturday, June 8

EA, 5.15p.m. BST – watch it here


Sunday, June 9

Microsoft, 9pm  – watch it here

Bethesda, 1.30a.m (Monday in the UK) – watch it here


Monday, June 10

Ubisoft, 9p.m. – watch it here

Square Enix, 2a.m. (Tuesday in the UK) – watch it here


Tuesday, June 11

Nintendo, 5p.m. – watch it here


Loads of those companies will be live streaming across the days of the show too, but those are their big reveals.


Why are Sony skipping E3 2019?

Sony has confirmed it’s not going to have a presence at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo–the biggest video games event of the year better known as E3.

It is the first time in the show’s 24-year history that the PlayStation maker won’t be making a big splash at the show.

2018 saw the firm offer a slimmed-down showcase, with a press conference just showing off four games, and some of Dreams.

Sony was not shy about letting the public know which games were their priorities this year
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Both Ghost of Tsushima and The Last Of Us Part 2 were showered with E3 awards
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Sony’s games division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, used E3 as their platform to show off the PS3 for the first time in 2005 and the PS4 in 2013.

The firm has confirmed that the PS4 is coming to the end of its lifecycle and that it is working on new hardware, with some in the industry expecting a launch next year.

Indications from Sony had suggested that was overly optimistic, with the “next phase” for the firm not pencilled in to start until 2021.

When the firm canceled its PlayStation Experience event this Autumn due to not having enough new to show, many suggested that was a sign the PS5 reveal was imminent and the reason Sony is reticent to show off new projects, given doing so would mean they had to show off the console they’d be running on as well.

The seamless cinematic feel of Ghost of Tsushima makes every moment seem epic
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“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” according to a statement the firm provided to Variety.

“PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

While Sony revealed the PS4 at E3 in 2013, they actually announced it and showed off the first games for it several months beforehand at a separate event.

Gamers may still be waiting for games like The Last of US Part 2 when the next E3 rolls around
Sony Interactive Entertainment


Sony has revealed the first official details of the PlayStation 5 to counter the building rumours of what it might be – but don’t expect a major reveal any time soon.

Three of the games it showed off as part of its stripped down showcase in Los Angeles for this year’s E3 — The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding–still don’t have firm release dates, but are expected to arrive some time next year.

Are EA skipping it too?

EA has stepped out of E3 proper for a few years now, but hosted its own EA Play event just down the road.

This has essentially been part of E3 for anyone who isn’t there, as it starts with a lengthy press briefing and is the source of a host of developer interviews, game previews, and the like.

This year that will remain the same, except for that press briefing, which isn’t going to happen.

There will be live-streamed content, but spread over several days and focused around individual games.

The show has changed quite a lot since the early days
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Where is the show?

The show is as at the Los Angeles Convention Center, possibly for the last time.

E3 has been held at the LACC every year since it launched in 1995, except for a two-year stint in Atlanta in 1997 and 1998, and a one-year detour to Santa Monica Airport in 2007, when it was briefly branded the E3 Media & Business Summit.

The 2019 show is the last one under LACC’s current hosting contract, and organisers have suggested the show may move elsewhere if the facilities are not modernised.

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E3 2019 date – when is the next Electronic Entertainment Expo, and where can I watch live?