Following yesterday’s reports that the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2020 will be cancelled, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has officially confirmed the news — E3 2020 is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Read the ESA’s full statement here:
“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 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 E3 2020 will no longer push through, expect to still see tons of new gaming announcements on June 2020 as the ESA is interested in making an “online E3” (at least according to their statement). As for next year’s event, the ESA is confident that there will still be an E3 in 2021.