E3 2020 cancelled due to Coronavirus

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edited March 12
Eurogamer wrote:
Here's the statement in full from the ESA:

"After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry - our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners - we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.

"Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it's the right decision based on the information we have today.

"Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds.

"We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3expo.com.

"We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry."


Perfectly understandable, yet still disappointing. I was looking forward to hearing about next-gen consoles.


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  • DisguisedMike
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    I guess we've all seen this coming and it's clearly the right thing to do but this news still makes me sad. I can only imagine how the people that work on these events must fell right now and I feel really bad for the devs that have been working hard to show us their games at E3 2020.

    E3 may have its ups and downs and we can debate its relevance in today's more connected world but I've been watching this with my friends for so many years now. E3 has become a tradition for a lot of us. As someone that just loves video games, seeing the gaming industry come together for this event every year has always been something special and I really enjoy this celebration of gaming.

    I'm curious to see how this cancelation will shape the future of E3.
    Official statements from publishers...


    “E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we’ll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks.”


    “Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel this year’s E3 to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our industry—our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time.”

    “We’ll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, large industry events may be untenable for the foreseeable future. But we are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”


    “The health and well-being of our teams, players and partners is our top priority, so while we’re disappointed, we fully support the ESA’s decision to cancel E3 2020. E3 is and will continue to be a moment where we come together as a community and share our love of games. We’re exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow us to share all the exciting news we have planned.”

    Electronic Arts

    “We’ve continued to follow the coronavirus developments around the world very closely. Clearly the situation is evolving by the day, and we’ve been reviewing how it will change our plans for EA PLAY 2020. We will share more soon.”

    Devolver Digital

    “The week of E3 has always been a big part of what we do and are genuinely bummed about the cancelation of the event itself. Lots to juggle but right now we plan on having a livestream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more.”

    Source: https://kotaku.com/microsoft-nintendo-ubisoft-respond-to-the-news-of-e3s-1842276642

    Be safe everyone and don't forget to wash your hands.

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