A spokesperson for Nintendo has issued a statement in support of the ESA’s official decision to cancel E3 2020 in Los Angeles this June. One of the world’s largest Video Game event sees thousands of people go in and out of its doors every year. The chance of COVID-19 Coronavirus infection could be extremely high and is an unnecessary risk that would do more harm than good to the those hosting and attending.
We have the official statement from Nintendo below:
“Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel this year’s E3 to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our industry–our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time.
“We”ll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, large industry events may be untenable for the foreseeable future. But we are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”
Nintendo have yet to announce whether they will still host a E3-styled Live Presentation or Nintendo Treehouse livestream in June when E3 2020 would have taken place. Many other big game developers and publishers have said that they will be doing their own digital presentations in the absence of E3 this year.