Microsoft to miss Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show

The lineup for the 2012 editions of Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show just got smaller today with news that Microsoft will be passing on the popular overseas gaming expos to concentrate on smaller press events.

Larry Hyrb – aka Major Nelson – confirmed Microsoft's 2012 plans today on his blog, explaining, “As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday, along with other entertainment experiences. We’ve changed our approach a little, though. This year, Xbox will be focusing on smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers and customers around the world.”

The news follows Microsoft's high-profile appearance at last week's E3 2012, which you can relive without the filler in Microsoft E3 2012 conference: Everything you need to know in 3 minutes. Major Nelson did not offer a reason why Microsoft is avoiding two of the biggest international gaming conferences, only to say they are “important shows for the industry” nonetheless, and that he wishes the organizers well. Considering Nintendo confirmed it will not be attending Gamescom back in April, this leaves Sony as the only one of the “Big 3” still slated for Germany's big show.

Let us know your thoughts and/or conspiracy theories in the comments below.


  • NullG7 - June 15, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Seriously does anyone have anything good to say about any of the big three ever?! I guess you guys seriously cant see the positive side of things anymore.
  • potpan0 - June 14, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    I'm not surprised about them not going to the Tokyo Games Show. Nobody in Japan really cares for Microsoft.
  • Traymaster - June 14, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    I think its better to have one great show than to prepare stuff for E3, Gamescom and TGS and hold back new informations just to have something new to present at the next event. Also they have much more Promotion if they leak some news every few weeks, because who cares about those events? Most of us get our information from the internet anyways.
  • BladedFalcon - June 14, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    “As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday" *Snerk* Yeah, I saw that paragon also laughed, but I don't care, a statement like that deserves to be laughed at as many times as possible. MS is either just focusing on next gen, or really, they have nothing else to show for this year.
  • Travia220 - June 14, 2012 10 a.m.

    Nothing was lost in the end. I doubt anyone want's to see more Kinect and SmartGlass bullshit from Microsoft.
  • prattnathan - June 14, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Maybe Usher isn't allowed at either of those places?
  • Marcunio88 - June 14, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    In other words they've got nothing new to show off because they're focus has now shifted to the next gen. I mean c'mon, we've got Halo 4 and Gears as exlusives this winter along with a bunch of great looking third party stuff in spring 2013. Then what? Nothing! Because a new cosole will have been anounced by then. I honestly wouldn't be suprised to see Microsoft announce the next Xbox in some kind of 'private' event towards the end of the year. Just like they did with the 360.
  • Viron - June 14, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    What the hell? Did the Germans tell them to buy their own plane tickets or something?
  • ParagonT - June 14, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    “As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday, along with other entertainment experiences." Thats funny. ---- Anyways, my thoughts are that they don't have much to really show off. Perhaps I'm wrong, but a big contender doesn't just not show up to one of the biggest gaming conferences unless there is a good reason, and I doubt "local" matters are the good reason.

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