Electronic Arts Ditching Press Conference For Its EA Play 2019 Event

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Electronic Arts Ditching Press Conference For Its EA Play 2019 Event

March 7, 2019

By: Austin Suther

 
 

It's the fourth year of Electronic Arts' EA Play event, and this time they'll be getting rid of their press conference altogether.

Today, EA announced that there will be no press conference during their EA Play event. Instead, there will be the aforementioned live streams, hands-on gameplay with the company's new games, and it's free for everyone to attend (assuming you're in Las Angeles for the conference or can beat the crowd). This is all happening on June 7th through June 9th.

Last year, EA's press conference was a little rocky. The awkward Jedi: Fallen Order interview with Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella and the panel discussion for Anthem are probably a thing of the past now. It seems like the reception of the prior EA Play sent a clear message to the big-name publisher: "less talk and more play."

Content creators like streamers and YouTubers will attend the event and stream content for these upcoming titles. For those who can make it, the press release says that tickets will be needed for the event and will be up for grabs in April.

 
 

Right now, we don't know the exact list of games that will be present. We know that we'll hear more about Jedi: Fallen Ordein April and will most definitely make an appearance at EA Play. There will probably be games like Apex Legends and the latest EA Sports titles too.

Stay tuned for TechRaptor's coverage on the event come E3 in June.


Quick Take

Although I was disappointed to see Sony shying away from E3 conferences, I'm happy that EA is going this route. It's been a rocky few years since the debut of EA Play, but they seem to be receptive to fan feedback: less awkward hosts and interviews. I hope that this means we can see gameplay from a player's perspective and not a scripted demo by a developer. I guess one downside to this is that there's potential for less E3 memes. That means no Pelé and random content creators forgetting their lines.

Did EA make the right choice here? What games do you want to see at EA Play? Let us know in the comments below!

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I love to write, and I love to game. So, I've combined those two hobbies into one! Some of my favorite games include Fire Emblem, Halo, The Elder Scrolls, and World of Warcraft. Sometimes I like to read the occasional fantasy novel, too!

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