E3 2020 reportedly cancelled

Written by Chad Norton on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 4:45 PM

Update: It’s official, E3 2020 has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus, as a statement comes in from ESA themselves on the E3 expo 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.

Full refunds will be provided to all exhibitors and attendees at least and, as guessed, they will be looking to coordinate an online version of the convention where members will still be able to make their big video game announcements and reveals during their originally scheduled time.

"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."

Original story (March 11th 2020 at 15:08):

Growing concerns of the coronavirus have made several of this year’s biggest gaming conventions either delayed or cancelled. But there was one shining beacon that stood its ground no matter the concerns, E3 2020. After the increasing worries over other events being cancelled or being delayed, the ESA announced that E3 2020 will still be going ahead. That is, until now it seems.

Multiple rumours have surfaced that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will indeed be cancelled (what a surprise) after the city of Los Angeles declared an emergency over the coronavirus. Apparently, an official announcement was supposed to be made yesterday (Tuesday) but was then pushed back to today (Wednesday), when the ESA will make an official statement at 9:30am Pacific Time.

Whilst there hasn’t been an official confirmation of this by ESA themselves, if it were the case then they would have talked to the developers attending first, and it seems like Devolver Digital decided to spill the beans before anyone else. The slightly cryptic message suggests that attendees should “cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all”, we’re onto you Devolver...

It’s unclear at this moment how this will affect announcements at the convention; whether E3 2020 will go completely digital and streamed online, or if companies will organise their own schedules for announcements. We discussed yesterday already how certain companies might approach this cancellation in terms of their announcements of new games, like Warner Bros’ new Batman and Harry Potter games.

E3 has been running every year since 1995, and 2020 will make the first time it has ever been cancelled. 

What do you think of the news? Is E3 definitely cancelled? Will they instead go digital? Is there any reason for games companies to make announcements about their new and upcoming games on stage anymore? Let us know your thoughts!

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Cancelling would be the right move.

PhenomFaz

If it were like any other virus WHO wouldn't treat it as a pandemic. If it has WHO worried, it is a cause for concern. The best bet is to set and take preventive measures to try and limit the spread of the virus, which is being done, until a vaccine can be developed. Issue is that the symptoms are similar to the regular flu which causes mass paranoia amount the population and the media isn't helping in that regard.

TheEmperor96

Plague Inc definitely got a sequel

called REAL LIFE

ahnaf22

2020 is now cancelled.

ItsTheGamerEdit123

It's (mostly) justified. It is very easily transmissible and also pretty dangerous even if to a certain part of the population (old people and people with pre-existing medical conditions). Sure, there are paranoids who over exaggerate everything but it's better to take preventive measures to avoid having it spread out of control and potentially ending millions of lives, and create more panic in the meantime.

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16:52 Mar-13-2020

Fakery: E3 2020 cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Reality: E3 2020 cancelled due to Sony not showing up

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12:05 Mar-12-2020

What a shame... people will be missing out on paying a bunch of cash for all that "influencer" marketing and queue-tainment, while the journos won't get an F U from big companies... what a shame...

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09:25 Mar-12-2020

A-lot of events are being cancelled. Esports events, keynotes. 2020 is gonna be a weird year for technology. Sports and Esports included.

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00:55 Mar-12-2020
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B[ The end is near ]3

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22:54 Mar-11-2020

Let's be honest, E3 won't ever be coming back. 2019 was it's last run.

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22:18 Mar-11-2020

2020 is now cancelled.

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08:48 Mar-12-2020

and to be honest, I'm glad the precautions are excessive rather than insufficient, situation worldwide is serious due to limited healthcare capacity

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20:20 Mar-12-2020

Yeah same.

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20:19 Mar-11-2020

What was the joke?


Coravid-19: Entered the chat (Africa)
Ebola: Entered the chat
C-19: Left the chat

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19:42 Mar-11-2020

People panic buying in bulk is what really bothers me, went to my local Tesco today for my weekly shop and when i went to get toilet role (normal amount of 1 pack) there wasn't any, whole shelves empty, same with kitchen role, cleaning products, hand soaps, people are getting really stupid, they now put a limit of 5 per person, cause yeah that will help lol

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12:02 Mar-12-2020

Same here. Luckily, most are too stupid to check the smaller shops (literally across the street from the same Tesco of mine), which still had plenty of pasta and TP for me!

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19:00 Mar-11-2020

Plague Inc definitely got a sequel


called REAL LIFE

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08:49 Mar-12-2020

what if someone is reviewing in-game mechanics in real life

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17:53 Mar-11-2020

In today's local news: Ex.people are sick from C-19. One of them died. There was a blast in some industry building with a couple of injured people. The world news about C-19 around Italy's country the other countries close its border.
In today's braking news my country goes under high level quarantine or however it is called. People should be 1m below each other, no more than 250 people in stuff.

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17:55 Mar-11-2020

The world is going to madness. I'm sick of these people and this C-19 virus... As i said many times before. People were focusing on weapons and technology, but once a virus like C-19 strikes in nobody can stop it at least on time... And when that virus comes we might be too late to produce anti-dote. This is going just like the game where you are spreading a virus i don't remember the name.

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17:57 Mar-11-2020

i can even imagine people in the next century how they're making a video about people's population in every year and they laugh at C-19....

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16:58 Mar-11-2020

I don't know if the reaction to Corona Virus is justified or just downright pathetic.

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17:38 Mar-11-2020

It's (mostly) justified. It is very easily transmissible and also pretty dangerous even if to a certain part of the population (old people and people with pre-existing medical conditions). Sure, there are paranoids who over exaggerate everything but it's better to take preventive measures to avoid having it spread out of control and potentially ending millions of lives, and create more panic in the meantime.

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08:53 Mar-12-2020

it's highly infectious (fast spread) but not very severe (low death ratio),
problem is, it causes lungs failure - which can be temporarily treated by using machines for either delivering concentrated oxygen, or filtering and delivering oxygenated blood into human body - obviously such machines are not that common to take care of large numbers of people at once, that's why it's very desirable to avoid any fast+large virus spreads among people

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10:50 Mar-13-2020

Since you made this comment it's probably increased 10 fold. You can't hold an event with thousands of people using the same controllers when this virus spreads via touch. Does it suck yes, is it absolutly the right move, of course it is.

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16:29 Mar-11-2020

Lets cancel every sporting event, concerts, festivals and everything off the son for life then. Viruses are everywhere, new ones begin each and every day. Cant live on fear for life. Media put this one way out of context.

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17:21 Mar-11-2020

You have to understand that it's not about the current state of the virus that professionals are concerned, but rather the fact that this one has the capability of mutating into something far worse, which it will if it keeps spreading.

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17:22 Mar-11-2020

But that's like every other virus.

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17:43 Mar-11-2020

No, it is not like other virus at all. COVID-19 is an uncommon part of the coronavirus family which is more lethal, like SARS.

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19:39 Mar-11-2020

If it were like any other virus WHO wouldn't treat it as a pandemic. If it has WHO worried, it is a cause for concern. The best bet is to set and take preventive measures to try and limit the spread of the virus, which is being done, until a vaccine can be developed. Issue is that the symptoms are similar to the regular flu which causes mass paranoia amount the population and the media isn't helping in that regard.

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16:09 Mar-11-2020

Cancelling would be the right move.

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15:49 Mar-11-2020

The state of Los Angeles???

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15:57 Mar-11-2020

Whoops... Thanks for pointing that out! Meant to say 'city', but I've corrected that now!

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