It has now been officially confirmed that E3 2020 is cancelled. ESA has released an official statement on the E3 website and socials. It appears they still plan to go ahead with E3 2021 and are looking into the possibility of doing a fully online experience for E3 2020. You can read the official statement 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.
We will be keeping an eye on the situation and will keep you up to date with any more news surrounding E3 2020 and whether there will be an online only event taking place this June.
E3 has officially been cancelled with an official press release expected later today. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has been a constant in the gaming industry since 1995 and served as a way for developers, publishers, and many other key companies in the industry to showcase the products that will be released over the next year. This was especially used to hype up that coming holiday season, always a great time to push the latest piece of tech or big game.
Over the past few days, there have been a lot of rumblings among the community, especially from developers, publishers, and the press, regarding the cancellation of not just E3 2020, but potentially E3 as a whole. E3 has been on the rocks for a while with big-named companies (such as Sony) no-showing the event and key figures (such as Geoff Keighley) no longer being involved in E3.
Last night, publisher Devolver Digital posted a brief tweet that said: “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.”. This has only added fuel to the fire and all but confirms that E3 is over.
It is yet unclear whether E3 is being cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic or whether its due to companies pulling out and it not being a viable event. Since 2016, EA has not been part of E3 officially and instead host their own conference called “EA Play” at the same time as E3. Nintendo, who have long been a huge part of E3, have chosen to host pre-recorded Nintendo Directs instead of a live keynote.
Over recent years, with companies adopting YouTube, Twitch and other forms of video and streaming services, they have been able to host their own unique live streams at a time convenient for them to share news. By doing this, they aren’t just another name at a conference and can share their biggest news with the whole gaming world watching. This has led to events such as E3 being less important than they were in previous years, when companies needed these big conferences to bring attention to their products. Now they can do it themselves for very little cost.
We are still awaiting the official press release regarding the cancellation of E3 2020 and whether it will also state that E3 as a whole is cancelled. If it is cancelled, it will certainly be an end of an era. E3 was the highlight of the gaming year for so many years, and it will be strange to not have E3 to look forward to.