E3 is one of the biggest video game conferences not just in America but for gamers worldwide. Many new consoles or games have been announced at E3 in the past years. Last year ‘Project Scarlett‘, Microsoft’s new Xbox console was announced. Games like ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘ and ‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps‘ had gameplay shown at previous E3’s as well. However, due to health concerns over the coronavirus E3 2020 has officially been cancelled.
The E3 team is devastated to share this news. This decision was not reached lightly, but it is the right one for the health and safety of all involved. Read our statement here: https://t.co/1uOWxTerN9 pic.twitter.com/gD2IxNACLX
— E3 (@E3) March 11, 2020
“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.”
More information regarding a potential digital showcase was also released in the statement. “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.”
This isn’t the first big event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus. Conventions like Twitchcon Amersterdam and South by Southwest have been cancelled. Gaming tournaments such as the LCK and EA Global Series has also been postponed due to the coronavirus. We can expect more big-name conferences, conventions, and gatherings to be postponed or cancelled with the growing health concerns of COVID-19.