Yet another top gaming event has decided not only to postpone, but fully cancel E3 2020. The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has announced their decision earlier today. The statement reads:
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.
Even before this announcement, E3 2020 was in question when big names like Sony opted not to appear at this years show, despite planning a new console launch. Top industry event producer, Geoff Keighley, also announced in February via social media, that he would not be attending or producing content for the show.
Recently the Games Developers Conference was postponed until later in the year and a number of national here in Ireland like today’s postponement of Dublin Comic Con Spring Edition.
Expect some small scale in-house events or digital showcases for former E3 showcasers.