UPDATE: (March 11, 2020)
Following Bloomberg’s earlier report that ESA would be cancelling this year’s E3, the news has now become official:
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.
“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.”
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Original Article: (March 11, 2020)
With more coronavirus spreading at a faster rate and the death toll steadily increasing, public events around the world where people gather in thousands, are steadily being cancelled off and according to a new report by Bloomberg, E3 will be no exception.
Whilst the likes of Nintendo have confirmed a presence for Gamescom 2020, it seems this year’s E3 is next to be cancelled, with an official announcement to arrive later on today.
Regarding the cancellation announcement, Bloomberg offered the following:
The cancellation is planned to be announced at 9:30 am Los Angeles time on March 11 by the Entertainment Software Association, according to a person familiar with the matter. The ESA, which organizes the show commonly known as E3, wrote in a private memo to partners on Tuesday that it is “exploring options for an online E3 event this summer.”
We apologise for this news not being as favourable as it could have been.