E3 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns [Update 4]Entertainment Software Association "exploring options" for online showcase.
The Entertainment Software Association has cancelled E3 2020, which was originally planned to run from June 9 to 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus CODVID-19.
While nothing specific has been announced, the Entertainment Software Association is currently “exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”
Find the full statement from the Entertainment Software Association below.
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 to 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.
Update 12:00 p.m.: In response to the cancellation of E3 2020, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said, “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.”
Update 12:15 p.m.: Ubisoft said it is “exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow us to share all the exciting news we have planned.”
Limited Run Games said that it will still host its previously announced press conference on June 8 at 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET via Twitch.
Update 1:30 p.m.: Devolver Digital said, “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 live stream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more.”
Update 03/12/20 at 5:10 p.m.: Square Enix said, “Our 2020 lineup, and the next-generation that lies beyond, is stronger than ever for Square Enix. Where E3 has always been an incredible moment in time to showcase our upcoming games, we’re exploring other options to share our games with you. More to come, stay tuned.”