PS2's taken off show floor at CeBIT
It was announced today that Sony will no longer be exhibiting PS2's for demonstration during the CeBIT show mid-March in Hannover, Germany. The show is the world's biggest in terms of company power, as the most prestige organizations are present. This year, Sony was prepared to exhibit 27 PS2 units that demonstrated games, but were stopped pre-show by Microsoft executives.
"We have asked the CeBIT organizers why we aren't allowed to present Xbox while at the same time Sony has 27 demo racks of the PlayStation 2 at its booth," Microsoft Germany's PR manager Boris Schneider-Johne told industry publication MCV."In the beginning Sony announced it would only be a technology demo. But we think it's not quite fair anymore if they have a presentation of this size though."
The CeBIT show is intended to be free of any game console, as game publishers and distributors are not welcome either. These rules are intended to be regulated very strictly and was the main reason for Microsoft's complaint. Due to the company's request and a warning from CeBIT show organizers, Sony removed all 27 PS2 units from the show.
3/18/2002 Matt Stensrud