E3 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak; "An Online Experience" May Take Its Place
It's a sad, sad day for players all around the world, as the Entertainment Software Association has just officially confirmed that this year's E3 in Los Angeles won't be happening due to the recent deadly Coronavirus outbreak.
"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," the ESA said in a statement.
The ESA then added: "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."
Although this year's edition of the world's biggest gaming event has been cancelled over concerns related to COVID-19, the ESA is "exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020," possibly taking notes from Nintendo to broadcast any major news directly to players via YouTube, Twitch and other video-sharing platforms.
Both exhibitors and attendees will receive information regarding "full refunds" from the ESA at a later date.
According to the ESA, E3 2021 won't be affected by today's decisions, and the expo will return next year "as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry."
Before the event's cancellation, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, 2K, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft and many more were planning to showcase their products at the show's floor.