According to multiple sources online, it looks like we’re going to get news that E3 2020 will be cancelled, most likely due to the coronavirus. This comes after the show looked to be going through a rocky patch with various companies dropping out even before virus concerns.
UPDATE: E3 2020 has been officially cancelled, with this statement from the ESA: “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,” they’ll also be looking “to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”
E3 is meant to be taking place between 9-11 June but it’s looking like that’s no longer going to be the case. A tweet from Devolver Digital told everyone to cancel their flights and hotels, and since then, various people in the industry have also tweeted news from their sources. Jason Schreier from Kotaku, and Mike Futter lead the investigations.
Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) March 11, 2020
Been hearing secondhand whispers tonight from several devs/pubs that E3 is cancelled, although I’ve also heard from a couple of people in positions to know that the ESA hasn’t officially made a decision yet and is still consulting with pubs. Either way, it’s only a matter of time https://t.co/Od0MDj3ZXv
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 11, 2020
My day started with investigating some E3 stuff. Ended with multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) sources coming my way.
E3 cancelation announcement scheduled for tmw AM. I don’t think it will hold the night. Many of us have been engaged by sources this evening.
Cancel your plans.
— Mike Futter (@Futterish) March 11, 2020
Even before the coronavirus, Sony had again decided to skip E3, and iam8bit, a creative team behind the floor at E3, also dropped out. This isn’t the first major event the virus has impacted in the industry, things like AnimeJapan and GDC have also been cancelled.
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