The coronavirus continues to cause ripples throughout the gaming industry as today The Entertainment Software Association has announced that E3 2020 has been cancelled.
The event was going to run from June 9 to 11 in Los Angeles but due to concerns around the virus the show has been cancelled. Here is the statement they put out today:
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.
Although E3 2020 has been cancelled several publishers have already announced that they will hold digital events around that time instead. Xbox Head Phil Spencer confirmed that they will be holding an Xbox digital event at some point.
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
Ubisoft also confirmed today that they too will be doing some kind of digital event to share game announcements.
An update regarding E3 2020. pic.twitter.com/cThkDIkfVm
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) March 11, 2020
Of course Sony and Nintendo will also likely share news in a similar format as they both already did so with Nintendo Directs and State of Play events.