Say it isn’t so Gamers! It has been confirmed by the ESA that the E3 Expo has been officially canceled due to overwhelming concern of COVID-19 Virus (aka the Coronavirus). A statement was released by the team in charge of the E3 Expo:
“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.”
This isn’t the first event that has been affected due to the Coronavirus concern, SXSW recently announced that it would be canceled due to Coronavirus concerns, the Austin Chronicle reported that SXSW had begun to lay off Employees, a Senior source described this as “the only way to stop the bleeding.” Then there was the Coachella, another California Event that was postponed to October due to the Coronavirus concerns. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 was also postponed, same with Emerald City Comic-Con.
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