E3 2020 is Canceled Due to Coronavirus | Learn More Here
The biggest gaming expo, E3 2020, has been officially canceled. The Entertainment Software Association announced that it was due to the widespread outbreak of the nCOV or COVID-19 virus around the world. E3 2020 was originally scheduled from June 9 to June 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. According to GameSpot, this is the first time E3 to skip the annual gaming expo.
Check out the official announcement below from the official website.
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.
Plans and reactions after the cancellation announcement
After the cancellation announcement, several gaming companies such as Xbox, Ubisoft, and Limited Run Games announced their plans to host their event digitally.
So, here are some of the plans and reactions of the game companies below.
Phil Spencer from Xbox
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 https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 11, 2020
Limited Run Games
#E3Cancelled, but the show must go on!
Join us for #LRG3, our third totally-live, totally-bitchin press conference for the biggest announcements in the future of physical video games: June 8th at 3pm ET on https://t.co/vzY9JjjJzs. pic.twitter.com/HbfCN6w13W
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) March 11, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/nGDAEsIzUs
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11, 2020
Is E3 2021 going thru?
According to GameSpot, the ESA gave a statement “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.”
Background of E3
E3 also known as Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest gaming expo in the video game industry. This is the time where the game companies have the time to shine as they present what’s the next big thing in the game industry. Before and during the event, publishers and manufacturers hold a press conference to announce upcoming games and products.
In E3 2019, the presenters were Microsoft, Bethesda Softworks, Devolver Digital, PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Nintendo for the major press conference. Some of the biggest games announced were Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Watch Dogs: Legions, and more!
So, if you want to re-read some of the announcements from E3 2019, check out here!
We are going to update more news from different gaming companies for their plans after the cancellation! So, stay tuned, folks! So, what are your thoughts about the E3 2020 cancellation? Share your thoughts below!