After days of speculation, the ESA has announced that E3 2020 set to take place in Los Angeles in June will in fact be cancelled due to fears about COVID-19.
The ESA will now instead look to create a digital event in place of the physical one they usually do. How exactly this will work we are unsure but what we are pretty confident about is that it will mean that for those of us watching at home it should be largely the same as usual.
The full statement is 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 9-11 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."
While its disappointing we just hope that it wont affect developers plans in terms of announcements etc. Could this be the tipping point for Sony and Microsoft to delay their next gen consoles?