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State of Play cancelled

It's game over for NEC show.

The organisers of the State of Play games show, due to take place at the Birmingham NEC next month, have announced that the event has been postponed indefinitely due to a lack of industry support.

That's despite the fact that EA and Microsoft were planning to put in an appearance at the consumer show, which would have taken place from October 14-16.

Organiser Mark Adams recently sent out an industry-wide email asking for more support which read: "Software publishers have all voiced the opinion that the industry really needs a quarter 4 consumer show, but save for EA no one has actually signed on the dotted line."

But his plea fell on deaf ears - and now Adams has confirmed to UK trade magazine MCV that State of Play has been "postponed."

It's thought that EA had hoped State of Play would replace Game Stars Live as the only final quarter consumer event in the UK. GSL was cancelled after just one show last September.

Now the publishing giant must find a new venue for its FIFA Interactive World Cup event, which was to be held at State of Play alongside many other promotional and sponsorship events.

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